Yeon Deung Hoe
They sure do know how to put on a celebration in Seoul.
So last weekend I was over in Insadong on Saturday afternoon looking for signs of a parade. Yeon Deung Hoe, or “Lotus Lantern Festival,” is an annual celebration of Buddha’s Birthday. Here is a description of the festival from the website:
The Yeon Deung Hoe Festival originated in the Silla era more than 1,300 years ago. It has since been passed down through the Goryeo era, the Joseon era (where it was called “Palgwan Hoe”), and is still an annual tradition today. This traditional festival is designated Korea’s Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 122.
By lighting lanterns at the Yeon Deung Hoe Festival, participants brighten their own hearts as well as the world.
I found a street blocked off near Jonggak station and the Avenue of Youth along with thousands of people who were setting up plastic lawn chairs waiting for the event to begin.
The parade began at Dongguk Stadium and went all the way to Gwanghwmun Plaza.
People from all over the world carried paper lanterns and played music throughout the streets.
The pictures speak for themselves…it was incredible!