Every October, lanterns in a kaleidoscope of colors light up the Nam River that cuts through Jinju in South Gyeongsang Province during its lantern festival.
The festival, which runs through Sunday, extends around Jinju Fortress. It was launched in 2001, inspired by the military tactics employed to defeat Japanese invaders in the late 16th century.
As night falls, a 15-minute fireworks show explodes over the city, illuminating the sky and casting beautiful reflections on the river. Shortly afterwards, lanterns are lit up one by one along the river.
There is also a tunnel formed from thousands of lanterns, including those bearing festive wishes from the lanterns of various countries including Egypt, India, Japan and Russia.
Across the river, Jinju Fortress provides great photo opportunities as it has been lit up with over 1,000 lanterns. Some of the best views are afforded from one of the river's four bridges, or from the vantage point of a pleasure cruise. Legend has it that if couples cross any of the bridges it will bring them closer together.
To accommodate the growing number of visitors during the festival, authorities have increased the number of excursion ships from two to three.
For more information, visit the festival's website at www.yudeung.com.