The 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival will entertain tourists and Seoul citizens alike for 17 days from November 6 to 22, 2015. During this time, about 600 lanterns will light up 1.2 kilometers of Seoul’s streets starting from Cheonggye Plaza.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Illuminated Seoul Tour,” expressing the city’s dedication to promoting tourism, a significant part of Seoul’s creative economy. A major characteristic of this year’s festival is that Seoul’s main tourist attractions, famous for embodying both tradition and modernity, will be portrayed as unique works of lantern art.
For example, Bukchon Hanok Village, which preserves the traditional beauty of Korea at the heart of the city, and the lively Gwangjang Market will be recreated in the form of sophisticated lanterns. In particular, the Gwangjang Market will feature little lanterns shaped as people and shops, expressing a lively market scene. Furthermore, the city has taken steps to ensure that the 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival is not only a domestic festival but also a global one, enjoyed by both Koreans and people around the world.
Since its launch in 2009 to commemorate “Visit Korea Year,” the Seoul Lantern Festival has been one of the city’s major festivals, attracting 2.5 million tourists every year. Around 3.2 million tourists are expected to attend the event this year.
During the festival period, the events of the 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival will be held free of charge from 17:00 to 23:00 every day. Further details regarding the festival can be found on the official Seoul Lantern Festival website.
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