Yeon Deung Hoe – Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival

The Lotus Lantern Festival is held annually in Seoul to celebrate Buddha’s birthday (8th day of the 4th month in lunar calendar, which usually falls in May). The 2013 Lotus Lantern Festival will be held on May 10-12.

Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival

This folk festival is a tradition started in the Goryeo Period (877 ~ 1394) and the Joseon Period (1392~1910) with a view to enlightening the darkness of mind, building a society filled with wisdom and benevolence, and praying for wishes to be fulfilled. Streets will be decorated with brightly lit lotus lanterns, and paraders will carry large-sized lanterns shaped like elephant, dragon, and tiger etc.

The best places to see the displays are Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple and Cheonggyecheon. The night parade are usually held at Jongno Street from Dongdaemun to Jogyesa (7pm-9pm, May 11 in 2013).

Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival

Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival

Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival

Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival

Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival

Source: HiSeoul & LLF

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