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Lotus Lantern Festival 2013

Last weekend, Matt and I headed to Seoul to see the Lotus Lantern Festival. The festival is held in celebration of Buddha’s birthday, which is Friday. According to the Korea Tourism Organization, Buddhists believe lanterns symbolize wisdom because they bring light to the world.

There were many activities during the three-day festival. Matt and I attended the parade and post-parade celebration. The celebration has been called the “flower party” because of (fake) flower petals that are showered down on the crowd of revelers during a concert. The ganggangsullae dance is a traditional dance where people hold hands and dance in a circle as the petals fall. Matt and I were thrilled when we were walking by and some Koreans pulled us into their circle.

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Lanterns at Jogyesa Temple.

Lanterns at Jogyesa Temple.

These outfits are called hanbok, which is traditional Korean clothing.

These outfits are called hanbok, which is tradional Korean clothing.

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There were tens of thousands of lanterns, according to the Korea Tourism Organization.

There were tens of thousands of lanterns, according to the Korea Tourism Organization.

Matt was handed a lantern and we joined in the parade for a few minutes. Later he "paid it forward" and gave the lanterns to a little girl.

Matt was handed a lantern and we joined in the parade for a few minutes. Later he “paid it forward” and gave the lanterns to a little girl.

The elephant was one of my favorite floats.  His trunk moved!

The elephant was one of my favorite floats. His trunk moved!

Of course I loved the dog lantern.

Of course I loved the dog lantern.

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The lanterns' shapes symbolize different things. There were so many different kinds.

The lanterns’ shapes symbolize different things. There were so many.

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The back side of Jogyesa Temple. I like how the temple is in the middle of highrises and buildings in Seoul.

The back side of Jogyesa Temple. I like how the temple is in the middle of highrises and buildings in Seoul.

Inside Jogyesa Temple

Inside Jogyesa Temple

Jogyesa Temple.

Jogyesa Temple.

Lanterns at Jogyesa Temple.

Lanterns at Jogyesa Temple.

Lanterns at Jogyesa Temple.

Lanterns at Jogyesa Temple.

Flower petals float down onto the crowd during the post-parade celebration.

Flower petals float down onto the crowd during the post-parade celebration.

A performer during the concert.

A performer during the concert.

Matt asked to take their picture while we were waiting for the subway and they pulled me into the photo. So nice!

Matt asked to take their picture while we were waiting for the subway and they pulled me into the photo. So nice!

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5 thoughts on “Lotus Lantern Festival 2013

  1. This is so awesome.. The pictures are beautiful. It must have been really something seeing it in person.

  2. Pingback: 석가탄신일: Buddha’s Birthday | From Korea with Love

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