As part of the Namhae Treasure Island Garlic Festival, we participated in its lantern release. The large one was still made out of mulberry hanji paper supported by a wire frame, but foreigners at the festival were given white balloons illuminated by a LED light - eliminating fire hazard. When the officials lit the main lantern, we were asked to release our balloon.
Although it wasn't quite as picturesque as traditional sky lanterns would be, the balloons still made a pretty sight.
All eyes were on the large lantern, as it floated into the sapphire night sky.
Moments later, the lantern exploded in a ball of flames and its skeleton descended back to earth, reminding me of the Hindenburg.