Photo: 2018 Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival (Credit: Jinju Culture & Arts Foundation)
The annual Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival is scheduled to take place from October 1 to 13 around the area of Namgang River, brightening the riverside with beautifully lit lanterns. The festival originated from the custom of floating lanterns to communicate military orders during the Battle of Jinjuseong Fortress (October 5-10, 1592). Based on this year’s theme “Water, Fire, Lights, and our Wishes,” the festival will have a huge floating lantern on display along with other exhibitions. Hands-on activities as well as a fireworks show and a lantern street parade will also keep visitors entertained.
One of the main programs visitors can participate in is the wish lantern activity. After writing a wish onto a lantern, participants can either hang the lantern in a tunnel installation or float it on the river. Visitors can also observe gigantic floating lanterns on display that are inspired by the world-famous Moai statues and Sphinx as well as Korea’s historic Cheomseongdae Observatory and more. Other events include the Lantern Street Parade performed by the local community and dinosaur lantern exhibition inspired by fossils found in Jinju. The festival will end with a fireworks show during the closing ceremony, which will take place at 20:00 on October 13.
Admission to the festival venue is free, but certain activities will require a participation fee on-site.
Information courtesy of Jinju Culture & Arts Foundation