‘Seoul Lantern Festival 2018,’ Seoul’s representative festival held annually in November, will take place for 17 days from November 2 to November 18, 2018. This year’s festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary.
This year’s theme is ‘Seoul Dream, Flowing Light,’ and a total of 68 sets with 400 lanterns will be exhibited. The festival will stretch from Cheonggye Plaza to Supyogyo Bridge along the 1.2-km waterway for visitors to journey into Seoul’s past and future.
In the future section, visitors will meet state-of-the-art technology in forms of drones and VR experiences. At the space with past memories will be the Jongno Streetcar, old school uniforms, and other displays of the past times. The ‘Seoul Station’ lantern will be the symbolic lantern of the festival’s 10th anniversary, and it will be the point of departure of new dreams and where the past and future meet.
The 68 sets with 400 lanterns of the ‘Seoul Lantern Festival 2018’ will be exhibited in four sections and four themes. The lanterns will remain lit daily from 17:00-23:00, and admission is free. The festival is expected to be crowded between 18:00-20:00.
Themed Space 1 ｢The Launch Point for a New Dream｣ (Cheonggye Plaza – Cheonggyecheon Stream entrance): Lanterns will be exhibited under ‘Inspiration of 10 years, light of 100 years’ in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Seoul Lantern Festival.
Themed Space 2 ｢Seoul’s Dream for the Future｣ (Cheonggyecheon Stream entrance – Gwangtonggyo Bridge): This section will display the city of Seoul in its accomplishment of a harmony of advanced technology, man, and nature.
Themed Space 3 ｢Seoul’s Shining Memories｣ (Gwangtonggyo Bridge – Jangtonggyo Bridge): Various objects and spaces that remain in Seoul as memories have been displayed and presented for all generations to sympathize with and share stories.
Themed Space 4 ｢Seoul Filled with Traditions｣ (Jangtonggyo Bridge – Supyogyo Bridge): This space exhibits Seoul’s royal houses and the life and culture of the people who dreamed of life’s riches 600 years ago.
At the lower end of Gwanggyo Bridge, visitors can take part in the Lantern Festival’s main event, the ‘Wish Lantern Launch Event,’ where they can write their wishes and send them down Cheonggyecheon Stream.
Website : http://www.seoullantern.com
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