We have seen all different lanterns, but lotus lanterns take a new twist to lantern festivals.
The Lotus Lantern Festival is held every year on April 8th (lunar calendar) in honor of Buddha’s Birth. The festival is preceded by hanging of lotus-shaped lanterns across Seoul for several weeks, and officially kicks off with lighting of the Jangeumdang at Seoul Plaza. Jangeumdang is a large lantern that symbolizes Buddhism and Buddha’s Birthday. The festival and celebration continues with a wide range of Buddhist programs and activities. The festival will end with an impressive lantern parade in the heart of Seoul.
The month-long Lotus Lantern Festival will pack its most highlighted events into three days on April 25 ? 27. There are hands-on experiential programs and performances to sing and dance along with, as well as parades and exhibitions to see. Most of the programs are family-oriented, so bring your families and loved ones to immerse yourselves in the festival’s spiritual ambience and energetic togetherness. On the night of April 26, more than one hundred thousand lotus lanterns will light up the Seoul night. The majestic parade of lanterns in unimaginable shapes and colors will bring the hearts of both participants and spectators together.
Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) is a thousand-year old Korean folk festival. It began in the Silla Period and lasted throughout the Goryeo and Joseon periods.
Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns: Meticulously crafted and exquisite lanterns made of hanji, traditional handmade Korean paper, will be on display. Each lantern tells its own story with its warm, cheerful light.
-?????? Date: April 25 ? May 11, 2014
-?????? Venue: Jogyesa Temple and Bongeunsa Temple
Eoulim Madang (Buddhist Cheer Rally): Lantern parade participants, arrayed in their traditional hanbok costumes, will rally together with laughter and dancing before the lotus lantern parade begins.
-?????? Schedule: April 26 @ 16:30-18:00
-?????? Venue: Dongguk University Stadium
Lantern Parade: Behold a brilliant ocean of light from the countless handheld lanterns and the grand ornate lantern floats in the festival’s main attraction. This is definitely something that should NOT be missed.
-?????? Schedule: April 26 @ 19:00-21:30
-?????? Venue: From Heunginjimun Gate in Dongdaemun to Jogyesa Temple, along the Jongno Street
Hoehyang Hanmadang (Post-Parade Celebration): Following the parade, participants and spectators come together to end the festivities in a spirit of dedicating one’s merits to others. Buddhist entertainers put on a show and the audience gets to participate in the act of dancing hand in hand. This was called “Flower Party” by foreigners. It is a joyful night with flower petals raining from the sky.
-?????? Schedule: April 25 @ 21:30-23:00
-?????? Venue: Jonggak Intersection (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1)
Traditional Cultural Events: Visit the booths to make lotus lanterns, create Buddhist art, try temple food and play traditional Korean folk games. There are also booths introducing the Buddhist cultures of Tibet, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia.
-?????? Schedule: April 27 @ 12:00-18:00
-?????? Venue: Street in front of Jogyesa Temple
Cultural Performances: Traditional Korean folk performers and performers of Asian Buddhist communities will perform.
-?????? Schedule: April 27 @ 12:00-18:00
-?????? Venue: Performance Stage in front of Jogyesa Temple
Yeongdeungnori (Final Celebration): The grand finale of the festival features a mini lantern parade around Insa-dong, accompanied by the Lotus Lantern Perofrmance Groups. A joyful conclusion to a festival!
-?????? Schedule: April 27 @ 19:00-21:00
-?????? Venue: Gongpyeong Intersection, in front of Jogyesa Temple
Homepage: www.llf.or.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
Festival Date: April 25, 2014 ? April 27, 2014
Festival Location: Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Templ, Dongguk University areas
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