More than one hundred thousand lotus lanterns lighting up Seoul night – don’t miss the magic Lotus Lantern Parade Saturday May 7th from 7PM
The 2016 edition of Yeon Deung Hoe 연등회 (Lotus Lantern Festival) will be held from May 6th to 15th with exhibition of traditional lanterns in various places such as Jogye-sa Temple or Bongeun-sa Temple.
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: May 6 ~ 15 Jogye-sa Temple and Cheonggyecheon stream
- Eoulim madang (Buddhist Cheer Rally): May 7 (Sat) 4:30 pm Dongguk University Stadium
- Lotus Lantern Parade: May 7 (Sat) 7:00 pm Jongno Street (Dongdaemun ~ Gwanghwamun Plaza)
- Hoehyang Hanmadang (Post-Parade Celebration): May 16 (Sat) 9:30 ~11:00 pm Jonggak Intersection
- Traditional Cultural Events: May 8 (Sun) Noon ~ 7:00 pm Street in front of Jogye-sa Temple
- Cultural Performances: May 8 (Sun) Noon ~ 6:00pm Gongpyung intersection
- Yeondeungnori (Final Celebration): May 8 (Sun) 7:00 ~ 9:00 pm Insa-dong ~ Street in front of Jogye-sa Temple
For a wider selection of beautiful Parade pictures, see Flickr archives here.
Detailed information, itinerary and schedule available on Lotus Lantern festival official website.