The Lotus Lantern Festival will be held in many places for three days between May 10 and May 12 in celebration of Buddha’s birthday (May 17).
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.
People’s Cultural Festival
People, including foreigners, are invited to take part in the merrymaking event, carrying large-sized lanterns shaped like baby monks or Buddha.
Lanterns with Diverse Shapes
Participants will carry lanterns they made themselves out of a wish to enlighten their minds as well as those of their neighbors in an effort to maintain the country’s long-kept tradition.
From Jogyesa Temple up to Ujeongguk-ro featuring 100-plus booths, the Lotus Lantern Festival is another merry-making event loved by the people as much as the Lotus Lantern Parade.
|Traditional Lantern Exhibition||May 10 ~ May 19||Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple and Cheonggyecheon (Stream)|
|Eoullim Madang Festival||May 11, 4:30 PM ~ 6:00 PM||Dongguk University|
|Lotus Lantern Parade||May 11, 7:00 PM~ 9:30 PM||Jongno Street (Dongdaemun Gate~Jogyesa Temple)|
|Hoehyang Hanmadang Festival||May 11, 9:30 PM ~ 11:00 PM||Jonggak Junction (Line 1 Jonggak Station)|
|Traditional Culture Madang Festival||May 12, Noon ~ 7:00 PM||Near Jogyesa Temple|
|Performance||May 12, Noon ~ 6:00 PM||At a specially made stage near Jogyesa Temple|
|Lotus Lantern Play Festival||May 12, 7:00 ~ 9:00||Insa-dong~ Jogyesa Temple|
|Buddhist Service celebrating Buddha’s birthday||May 17, 10:00 AM and 7:00||Jogyesa Temple and other temples nationwide|
(Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/seoulkorea)