Seoul Yeon Deung Hoe(Lotus Lantern Festival) in May of 2018 .

What is Yeon Deung Hoe ?

For Budda birth day, a festival with a history of a thousand years that wish the our happiness and well-being. By lighting lanterns in Jongro District (from Dongdaemun to Jonggak) participants can brighten their own hearts.

Where is originated from ?

The 8th day of the 4th lunar month is the Budda’s birthday. Temples light lanterns throughout the Korea to spread the mercy and wisdom of the Budda.

The Yeon Deung Hoe Festival is originated in the “Silla dynasty” more than 1,300 years ago, which has been celebrated through Goryeo dynasty and Joseon dynasty. It has been delivered to current era for annual festival.

More about Yeon Deung Heo.

The religious participants from each different organization in this ceremony made “Yeon Deung(Lotus Lantern)” in different type, color which looks fantastic.

They have each squad, lining up, walking on the street with “Yeon Deung(Lotus Lantern)” from Dondaemoon to Jongak.

In 13th of May, when I was participated in each different organization this festa, it slightly rains, so everyone have rain coat and all “Yeon Deung” was wrapped by vinyl.

So I couldn’t see the real beauty from “Yeon Deung(Lotus Lantern)” so that I felt desperate a little. ^^;

But, It a yearly festa. haha ^^

In this 2018 parade, many buddhist countries including Myanmar, Thailand and participants of all ages were participated. It spreads out to worldwide.

If you miss out, Why don’t you visit to Korea next year and enjoy this festa ????

See ya from Coko.

The information about this festival :

  • Period : 05.11.2018 ~ 05.13.2018
  • Address : 55th Ueongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Location : Jongro street, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Jogyesa Temple, Bonggeunsa Temple

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