Seoul Lantern Festival was started in 2009 and was observed from the 2nd to 18th of November in 2012. I was fortunate enough to attend it (on the 17th). I was mesmerized by the remarkable designs of the lanterns. Each display had a unique story behind it. The captions and descriptions for each of the lantern were placed next to it in Korean and English.
Here are a few glimpses of the lanterns.
- Artificial Waterfall at Cheonggye Plaza. The Cheonggye Stream starts from here and this was the main Entrance for the Lantern festival.
- A wishing Dragon. There are numerous wishing walls and wells in this country. During my teen years I would have added my wishes to them too.
- Goblin Design. I was not very familiar with this term before Harry Potter. There was a wall full of Goblin Designs.
- The Royal Ancestral Ritual and Music in the Jongmyo Shrine
- Hunminjeongeum. (The Korean alphabet system created by King Sejong the Great, now known as Hangul)
- Sinmungo (A drum that the people of Joseon would play whenever they suffered an injustice that they wished the king to address. It carried the symbolic meaning of the monarch listening to and sharing the troubles of the people)
To know more about the Seoul Lantern festival, click here.
Do you like to learn about History? Would you like to attend this festival in future?