Lotus Lantern Festival Celebrated in Full Splendor

  • Arirang News

    May 03, 2022 08:29

    From brightly lit dragons and peacocks to a likeness of Buddha himself, Korea's annual Lotus Lantern Festival brightened the streets of downtown Seoul over the weekend in celebration of Buddha's upcoming birthday, which falls on May 8.

    Also known as Yeondeunghoe, the event has evolved from a religious celebration dating back 12 centuries into a seasonal festival open to everyone. It was inscribed on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list in 2020.

    With most coronavirus restrictions now lifted more than two years after the pandemic broke out, this year's festival was celebrated in full scale.

    Crowds of people watch a lantern march at the Lotus Lantern Festival in Jongno, Seoul on Sunday. /Yonhap

    Tens of thousands of people, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist, took part in a march of lanterns, illuminating the streets of Jongno from Heunginjimun, or the East Gate, all the way to Jogye Temple.

    To keep the festive mood alive, many lanterns will stay lit along the Cheonggye Stream until early next week. 

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