The Seoul Lantern Festival 2015

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We had the fun pleasure of visiting Seoul for a few nights this November, and while we were there, the Seoul Lantern Festival happened to be taking place (note: not to be confused with the annual Lotus Lantern Festival).

The Seoul Lantern Fest takes place in Jung-gu, where giant lanterns created by various artists sit atop the Cheonggyecheon Stream and run from Supyogyo Bridge to Cheonggyecheon Plaza.

Lights over the bridge:

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The lanterns:

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This one was kind of a backlit cardboard cut-out, which was very cool, though hard to see the clarity/detail in the photo:

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For some reason… Transformer-ish lantern robots:

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Cute things:

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There were also some really cool lantern scenes and animal scapes:

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Don’t know why! But here are the four fathers in huge lantern form. Funny how you can never seem to escape America no matter where you go…

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Other lanterns depicted Korean history and culture, very cool:
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Here was the mid-way area, where you could make lanterns and/or float your own, as well as check out shops and stalls.

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Lanterns floating on the river:

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All in all, it was very pretty and highly worth doing if you’re in Seoul in Autumn! A few tips:

  • Go at night and dress warm!
  • Take the time to be dazzled. The lanterns are huge! Here’s a shot of me to give you an idea of their size.
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  • Expect crowds, but don’t be afraid to be a little pushy so you can see what you want and/or take photos.
  • The walk along the stream takes around an hour if you’re moving steadily with the crowd. Or longer if you want to stop and sit/ogle at particular lantern spots.
  • If you’re catching the subway, go to Euljiro-1 or Jonggak; we walked up from Myeong-dong which took around half hour.

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For more on our Seoul trip, check out this post.


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