Lantern Festival

Last weekend Caitlin and I braved the cold and headed into Seoul for a Lantern festival. We thought it would be something different than we’ve done before. The festival was along the Cheonggyecheon stream, so you had to walk on either side of the stream to see the lanterns. As the stream is lower then street level you had to wait inline in order to start the tour. The line was not as bad as I thought but as we walked along there were multiple bottlenecks and congestion at times made it difficult to see the lanterns. Aside from these few small complications it was an enjoyable evening. There were a mix of lanterns some mass produced and others made by artisans, all more or less fitting with the theme of the Chosun dynasty or Korean pride. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

A view of the beginning of the lanterns. They were all made out of paper.

They had all the different animals for the Chinese years.
Replicas of Chosun Warriors infront of a replica palace.

Trying not to shiver in front of the musical lantern.
The replica palace gate.
Not sure about the next couple but they looked cool.

A view from one of the bridges. A little out of focus due to wind and shivering. You can see this section was a tribute to different countries. You can see the Statue of Liberty and the leaning Tower of Pisa.


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