Seoul Lotus lantern festival

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Only on for this weekend, check out the Lotus Lantern Festival! 

Period 05.06.2016 ~ 05.08.2016

Address 55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 우정국로 55 (견지동)

Location Jogyesa Temple, Jongno Street, Bongeun-sa Temple

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The Lotus Lantern Festival is held every year in May, in honor of Buddah’s Birthday. It is very difficult to miss because you will see lotus shaped laterns across Seoul on the streets! The celebration starts from the 8th day of the 4th lunar, and this year it is being held in the first weekend of May!

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The highlight of the lotus lantern festival is the lantern parade! Starting at Heunginjimun Gate and stretching all the way to Jogyesa Temple. The float leading the procession carriesSacheonwangsang statue, a god that watches over the heavens.

Date: May 7, 2016 / 19:00-21:30

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In remembrance of “Buddha’s Birthday,’ exhibition of traditional lanterns can be found various parts of Seoul including Bongeunsa Temple, Jogyesa Temple by Ujeong Park, and Cheongyecheon Stream, for a 10-day period. There was also a vast array of artworks about Buddhism, lotus flowers, and Dabotap Pagoda, all under a common theme: “Hoehyang, enlightenment in our daily lives.”

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[Lantern Parade]
All participants become stars of the luminous lantern parade! Thousands of lanterns create magnificent waves of light that flow through the heart of metropolitan Seoul like an earthbound Milky Way.
Anyone can participate and become a star of the festival.
– May 7 (Sat) 19:00  – 21:30
– Along Jongno Street (From Dongdaemun Gate to Jogyesa temple)
(You can enjoy the parade at any of the following stations: Subway Lines 1, 3, 5 at Jongno 3-ga Station / Line 1 Jonggak Station or Jongno 5-ga Station)

[Hoehyang Hanmadang (Post-Parade Celebration)]
The rain of flower petals expresses the aspiration for happiness for all!
The cultural performances unfolding under a rain of flowers and the lively group dance of Ganggang Sullae bring all participants together as one, transcending nationality, gender, ethnicity and religion.
– May 7 (Sat) 21:30 – 23:00
– Jonggak Intersection (Jonggak Station, Seoul Subway Line 1)

[Traditional Cultural Events]
A variety of hands-on experiences to satisfy your senses!
The street festival pulsates with the unique aesthetics of Korea. You can enjoy various cultural experiences including making lanterns and sampling temple food.
– May 8 (Sun) 12:00 – 19:00
– Street in front of Jogye-sa Temple (Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1) / Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3)

[Cultural Performances]
See lively performances overflowing with deep emotion and joy.
Come and enjoy traditional folk performances like songs, dances and rope walking, along with Buddhist performances and various traditional performances from other Asian countries.
– May 8 (Sun) 12:00 – 18:00
– Performance Stage on the street in front of Jogye-sa Temple
(Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1) / Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3)

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You can find the lantern exhibitions in three different locations below!

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