The Most Spectacular Water Shows Around the World
The movement and sound of water has always fascinated people, from the way sunlight plays over a mountain stream to the fury of a winter ocean storm. Perhaps this is why we love fountains and water shows so much. The ability to shape soaring streams of water into intricate patterns moving in time to music and lights captivates viewers, while the sheer scale of a major water installation fills us with awe.
Below are five of the world’s most spectacular water shows. If you’re ever in a city where one of these shows plays, make the effort to see it—it’s well worth your time.
Banpo Moonlight Rainbow Fountain (Seoul, Korea)
The Banpo Moonlight Rainbow Fountain in Seoul, South Korea, is the longest bridge fountain in the world, with 380 water jets running along both sides of a 370-foot bridge.
The water jets pull their water from the Han River and shoot out up to 190 tons of water a minute. The jets can be programmed to move to music, and are illuminated by 10,000 LEDs. Shows take place daily between April and October.
The Fountains of Bellagio (Las Vegas, USA)
Possibly the most famous water show in North America, the Fountains of Bellagio dance and weave in the massive artificial lake in front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fountains consist of 1,200 water nozzles, 4,500 lights, and over 26,000 feet of piping. The hotel’s water show is legendary, and runs throughout the afternoon until midnight. The fountain can shoot water as high as a 24-story building, with a maximum of 20,416 gallons of water in the air at once.
Crown Fountain (Chicago)
Chicago’s Crown Fountain is one of the most creative fountains anywhere.
It features a black granite reflecting pool positioned between two towers capable of displaying digital videos. The videos are often faces of Chicago residents who puff out their cheeks as water from jets in the towers pours out of their mouths and into the reflecting pool.
Dubai Fountain (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest structure, the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa. At the base of the skyscraper is the Dubai Fountain, set in the center of a 30-lake man-made lake. Equipped with 6,600 LEDs and 25 color projectors, the fountain includes five rings of jets capable of launching water 50 stories high. At the center of the fountain is a beam of light visible from twenty miles away.
Fountain of Wealth (Singapore)
Located outside the Suntec City Shopping Mall in Singapore, the Fountain of Wealth covers a staggering 55.520 square feet and reaches heights of 42 feet. The evening laser shows include personalized messages etched on the falling water.