More than one hundred thousand lotus lanterns lighting up Seoul night – don’t miss the magic Lotus Lantern Parade on Saturday April 29th from 7PM
The 2017 edition of Yeon Deung Hoe 연등회 (Lotus Lantern Festival) will be held from April 28th to 30th with exhibition of traditional lanterns in various places such as Jogye-sa Temple or Cheonggyecheon stream.
The Lotus Lantern Parade stands out as the most colourful and memorable part of the festivity. This magical event draws participating crowds carrying tens of thousands of specially made, brightly lit lanterns in the shape of dragons, pagodas, white elephants, and lotus flowers down the street to the tune of Korean classical music. The procession is a must-see tradition both for kids and adults. The sidewalks along the parade route are always jam-packed with people, but if you come one hour before the start, you shall be able to find free seats along the main street.
Here is the detailed schedule:
- Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns: April 28 ~ May 7 Jogye-sa Temple and Cheonggyecheon stream
- Eoulim madang (Buddhist Cheer Rally): April 29 (Sat) 4:30 pm Dongguk University Stadium
- Lotus Lantern Parade: April 29 (Sat) 7:00 pm Jongno Street (Dongdaemun ~ Gwanghwamun Plaza)
- Hoehyang Hanmadang (Post-Parade Celebration): April 29 (Sat) 9:30 ~11:00 pm Jonggak Intersection
- Traditional Cultural Events: April 30 (Sun) Noon ~ 7:00 pm Street in front of Jogye-sa Temple
- Cultural Performances: April 30 (Sun) Noon ~ 6:00pm Gongpyung intersection
- Yeondeungnori (Final Celebration): April 30 (Sun) 7:00 ~ 9:00 pm Insa-dong ~ Street in front of Jogye-sa Temple
For a wider selection of Parade pictures, see Flickr archives here.
Detailed information, itinerary and schedule available on Lotus Lantern festival official website.