Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lotus Lantern Parade 2015: Illuminated Hanji Animal Floats

In addition to the myriad of smaller lanterns that participants carried on poles, the Lotus Lantern Parade in Seoul also featured some very impressive floats. Also made from the same hanji handmade paper as the lanterns, many of the floats were of animals. Most were pushed along by dedicated volunteers who grasped the long handles placed on the sides and/or front & back. A few were pulled by a scooter, but somehow an electric motor just seemed out of place.   

Many of the floats had Buddhist symbols prominently displayed. Others weren't quite as apparent to me. Irregardless, they were enjoyed by all.

As the daylight faded, the illumination became more apparent, and the true beauty emerged. 

Which is your favorite?
See more of my Lotus Lantern Festival parade photos on Flickr.

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