Subject : 2013 Lotus Lantern Festival from May 10 to May 12, 2013!!

DATE. 2013-05-10 오후 1:49:49 Visit. 1449

The annual Lotus Lantern Festival held in honor of Buddha’s birthday, which falls on May 17 this year, will be held from May 10 to May 12, 2013. The modern-day Lotus Lantern Festival is designed to bring locals and international visitors together through an array of festive programs. This year’s event offers visitors the chance to make their own lantern, taste Buddhist temple dishes, produce rubbings of various Buddhist designs, and much more. The festival will start with a lighting ceremony (Jeomdeungsik) where a large sized lantern is lit in Gwanghwamun Square on April 23. (Note: the Jeomdeungsik ceremony was supposed to be held in early May but the schedule has been changed.) Though the opening ceremony is April 23, the festival will not officially kick off until May 10, with the traditional lantern exhibition at Cheonggyecheon Stream, Jogyesa Temple and Bongeunsa Temple. On May 11, a spectacular lantern parade will take place, featuring more than 100,000 massive, illuminated lanterns in the shape of lotus flowers, stupas, elephants, dragons, and more. The spectacle created by these lights bobbing and swaying down the entire length of Jongno Street is not to be missed! ☞ Period: May 10 (Fri) to May 12 (Sun), 2013 ☞ Main Venue: Bongeunsa Temple, Jogyesa Temple, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Insa-dong, Jongno, and nearby areas ☞ Directions Jogyesa Temple: Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 2. Go 70m forward, then cross the street. Go 100m more to arrive at a path to Jogyesa Temple. Or, Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Go 50m forward, then cross the street in front of Dongduk Gallery. Go 50m more to arrive at a path to Jogyesa Temple. Or, Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 2. Go 150m forward to arrive at a path to Jogyesa Temple between YTN Parking Tower and Hana Bank. Bongeunsa Temple: Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6. Go 600m forward, and turn left. Go 150m forward, and cross the road to arrive at Bongeunsa Temple. Cheonggyecheon Stream: Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5. Or, City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 4. Or, Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 5 Sports Arena of Dongguk Univ.: Dongguk Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Go towards the intersection, and turn right. Go 300m forward, and turn right.Go 300m forward to arrive at the Dongguk University playground. Insa-dong: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Go 100m straight, then turn left. Or, Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3. Go straight 300m, and turn left at the 4-way Intersection. Go straight 100m, and take the left road towards Insadong-gil Road. Heunginjimun Gate (Dongdaemun): Dongdaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 6. Jonggak Intersection: Jonggak Station, Seoul Subway Line 1 ☞ Festival Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, German, Russian) ☞ Inquiries: +82-2-2011-1744 (Korean, English) ☞ 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) ☞ Click here for the 2013 Lotus Lantern Festival ☞ Related Pages Major Temples Insa-dong Photo credit: Buddha’s Birthday Celebration Committee (봉축위원회)