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Lotus Lantern Festival


Colourful lanterns at Lotus Lantern Festival, Seoul. Courtesy of KNTO

24 Apr - 2 May 2009 (annual)
Hours: Lantern Parade: 26 Apr 7pm-9.30pm
Buddhist Culture Street Fair: 26 Apr 12pm-7pm
Cost: Free
Telephone: +82 2 2011 1744
Email: kang@buddhism.or.kr
Link: Lotus Lantern Festival Website
Celebrate Buddha's birthday on 2 May in Seoul at the Lotus Lantern Festival. A spectacular lantern parade, a Buddhist culture street fair and a traditional lantern exhibition take place on Jongno Street and in and around Jogyesa and Bongeunsa Temples.
Make lanterns, print traditional Korean patterns or practise Zen meditation under the guidance of Buddhist monks in flowing robes.

The lanterns themselves range from small hand-held lotus shapes to much larger lights carried by groups and even bigger lantern floats in the shape of dragons, elephants and Buddhas. After the parade, countless pink paper blossoms rain down from above in a grand finale.
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