Lotus Lantern Festival: Cheonggyecheon

This past weekend was the Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul, in celebration for Buddha’s upcoming birthday this Friday. Three different areas in Seoul had the festive lanterns and last Friday night, I had the opportunity to go to Cheonggyecheon where the lanterns were placed along part of the stream.

At the start of the stream were lanterns of the lotus flowers, fish, cranes, and turtles – symbolic to the Korean culture.

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The next section of the stream included bigger and more historical or legendary lanterns. Unfortunately, the signs that accompanied each lantern was only in Korean – with the sporadic Chinese character – and I was unable to decipher the story behind each lantern. Still, it was interesting attempting to form the story with my own imagination as we strolled through this area.

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Without a doubt, my favourite part of the lantern installation at Cheonggyecheon is the simple floating lanterns. Just the simple lanterns that have been placed throughout the city for the past three weeks along the stream. Especially in the night sky, it looks like the lanterns truly are just floating in mid-air.

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