Experience the 1,200 Year Old Lantern Festival to Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday

In celebration of Buddha’s birthday, the yearly Lantern Festival, or Yeon Deung Hoe (연등회), is slated to be held in May in the downtown area of Seoul, South Korea. The festivity will be the greatest one of its kind in the world.

One of many popular features of this 1,200 year old celebration would be the Lantern Parade. It is going to start at 7p.m. on May 12, 2018, leaving the Dongdaemun area and moving along Jongno downtown street, all the way to Jogyesa Temple.

Throughout the parade, over 100,000 parade lanterns and floating lanterns will proceed through the crowd.

As the lantern parade comes to an end at the Jonggak intersection, men and women gather for the post-parade  closing ceremony called Hoehyang Hanmadang, and there everyone will have fun with the traditional Korean circle dance, or ganggangsulae.

On the next day, yet 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.

A festival with a history of a thousand years that wish the world happiness and well-being. By lighting lanterns at the Yeon Deung Hoe Festival, participants can brighten their own hearts as well as the world.