Experience 1,200 Year Old Lantern Festival to Celebrate Buddha#s Birthday in Seoul, the Capital of South Korea

Travel and Lifestyle Press Releases Tuesday March 20, 2018 09:00
SEOUL, South Korea--20 Mar--PRNewswire/InfoQuest

In celebration of Buddha's birthday, the annual Lantern Festival, or Yeondeunghoe, is scheduled to be held this coming May in downtown Seoul, South Korea. The Festival is not only the biggest one of its kind in the world, but also one of the "world's best 10 fantastic festivals for 2018" according to The Travel Magazine .

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One of the highlights of this 1,200 year old festival is the Lantern Parade. It will begin at 7p.m. on May 12, 2018, leaving the Dongdaemun neighborhood and passing along Jongno downtown street, all the way to Jogyesa Temple.

During the parade, more than 100,000 parade lanterns and floating lanterns will move through the crowd.

As the lantern parade finishes at the Jonggak intersection, people will gather for the post-parade   closing ceremony called Hoehyang Hanmadang, and there they will all enjoy the traditional Korean circle dance, or ganggangsulae.

On the following day, another cultural event will take place at Jogyesa Temple. More than 100 booths will provide visitors a chance to experience Korea's traditional culture, such as making lotus flowers, traditional lanterns and ceramics, and drawing Buddhist patterns and folk paintings. Also, meditation programs and traditional performances will be provided, and temple foods will be served to the participants.

Any visitor interested may participate in the lantern-making contest. To join the contest, please make a reservation by email ( idia@buddhism.or.kr ).
2018 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Events                                                 Time                         Venue
Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns                     May 11 (Fri) - May 22 (Tue)   Jogyesa, Bongeunsa Temples / Cheonggyecheon Stream
Eoulim Madang                                         May 12 (Sat) 4:30pm - 6pm     Dongguk University Stadium
(Buddhist Cheer Rally)
Lantern Parade                                         May 12 (Sat) 7pm - 9:30 pm   Jongno Street
(Dongdaemun - Jogyesa Temple)
Hoehyang Hanmadang                                     May 12 (Sat) 9:30pm - 11pm   Jonggak Intersection
(Post-Parade Celebration)
Traditional Cultural Events                           May 13 (Sun) 12pm - 7pm       Street in front of Jogyesa Temple
Cultural Performances                                 May 13 (Sun) 12pm - 6pm       Performance Stage on the street in front of Jogyesa Temple
Yeondeungnori                                         May 13 (Sun) 7pm - 9pm       Insa-dong - Street in front of
(Final Celebration)                                                                 Jogyesa Temple
Buddha's Birthday Dharma Ceremony & Lantern Lighting   May 22 (Tue) 10 am - 7pm     Jogyesa Temple and
all temples across the nation
CONTACT: Minsuk Hong, +82-2-2011-1746, hong@buddhism.or.kr
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