Seoul (South Korea) - Lotus Lantern Festival 2010
Thursday 8 April 2010
The Lotus Lantern Festival held in the Jongno area is one of Seoul’s landmark traditional festivals. The time-honored festival which originates from an exciting tradition of Gwandeongnori has been keep alive throughout the entire 600-year history of Seoul.
Every year, commemorating the Birth of Buddha, the festival starts on April 8th in the lunar calendar. During the event, visitors can further delve into the mystic Korean Buddhist Culture through a variety of magical events and hands-on experiences.
The festival starts with the lighting of the mega-sized Jangeomdeung (Grand Light) which is located in Seoul Plaza and symbolizes Buddhism and the birth of Buddha. A series of other lotus lantern events follow: Lantern Parade from Insa-dong to Jogyesa Temple; Buddhist Cultural Festival; Cheer-up Buddhist Festival, Grand Harmony Festival, and Closing Ceremony. The streets of Samseong-dong are ablaze with the light of the “Traditional Lantern Exhibition” and many other temples that join in the festivities with their own Buddhist memorial services.
One of the favorites among international visitors is the hands-on experience program where visitors can participate in making lotus-shaped lanterns or paint a Buddhist picture.