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:
There were also some really cool lantern scenes and animal scapes:
Here was the mid-way area, where you could make lanterns and/or float your own, as well as check out shops and stalls.
Lanterns floating on the river:
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.
- 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.
For more on our Seoul trip, check out this post.