Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Seoul 2013 Lotus Lantern Festival

As a prelude to the birthday celebrations of Buddha, the Cheonggycheon stream in Seoul has once again been transformed into a lantern wonderland. Made from silk, traditional hanji paper, and other materials, the lanterns could better be described as glowing, delicate sculptures. In early November, a more contemporary Lantern festival took place in the same location. Wedding scenes, horsemen, gates of Seoul, children from around the world, and Korean cartoon characters were amongst some of the many lanterns in fall. On the way home from Bible Study, we took a quick walk through part of the displays. Although I only had my cell phone camera with me, these photos should give you a bit of an idea of what beautiful lanterns were displayed. At the Lotus Lantern Festival, we saw dragons emerging from a drum, lotuses and hands in the namaste pose, cranes, and mythical-looking Buddhist scenes.

For more information on the 2013 Lotus Lantern Festival, visit Korea's tourism site.

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