Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival

The Lotus Lantern Festival is held each year in Seoul to celebrate Buddha’s birthday.  There is love and light as a two hour parade makes it’s way through the streets of Seoul.  My friend and I arrived early to grab a spot with a good view but the crowds couldn’t exactly be contained and people slowly but surely inched their way closer blocking others as they went.  We watched near Jongo-3 which was a decent spot but I’ll be doing more research next year to hopefully find the Best spot and if I do I’ll let you know. 🙂  A few selfie sticks made an annoying appearance as well, but couldn’t dampen the beauty of the parade.  Warriors, women in hanbok, monks, children, and others all took part to honor Buddha.  After about an hour of parade watching we then made our way to see the lanterns in the Cheonggyecheon Stream.  I was expecting huge crowds but we were able to easily stroll along the stream and enjoy the beautiful lanterns.  Happy birthday Buddha!

The Parade.DSC_4636

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A motorcycle riding cat with a fire launcher, pretty cool!  We missed the the fire breathing peacock, kinda bummed about that. lolDSC_4710

Lanterns at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

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