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[Korea] Lantern Festival Marks 50 Day Countdown to 2010-2012 Visit Korea Celebrations

  • Date11/06/2009
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Lantern Festival Marks 50 Day Countdown to
2010-2012 Visit Korea Celebrations

Seoul Lantern Festival will kick off at Cheonggye Plaza on November 11th in celebration of the 50 day countdown before the opening of the 2010-2012 VISIT KOREA festivities. The event will include a delightful opening ceremony and concert by famous Korean stars, and lanterns strung up all along the Cheonggyecheon stream.

The festival invites people from all over the world to come to Seoul and light a lantern, a symbol of 'hope and friendship'. Main events will include an opening ceremony, star studded concert and the daily lantern lighting ceremonies. The concert will include a number of famous Hallyu singers, including SS501, MC Mong, FT Island, Lee Jung-hyun and Ivy. Another highlight is the world famous hanbok designer Lee Young Hee whose work will be presented in a fashion show.

The Seoul Lantern Festival will be held in conjunction with celebrations of the 50-day countdown to the 2010-2012 Visit Korea campaign. Over 10,000 lanterns from more than 20 countries worldwide will emit a magical glow along Cheonggyecheon Stream. There are four zones representing their own unique themes: The Gyoryu zone stretches from Cheonggye Plaza to Gwangtonggyo bridge and brings together lanterns from around the globe united in peaceful harmony. The Wollyu zone spans from Gwangtonggyo Bridge to Gwanggyo Bridge and highlights traditional Korean culture while the Hallyu zone provides an opportunity to experience Hallyu culture directly and also includes famous symbols of Seoul. The Illyu zone reaches from Jangtonggyo Bridge to Samilgyo Bridge and represents the future vision of Seoul based on IT technology and design. The four themes will be exhibited along Cheonggyecheon Stream and a lighting ceremony will be held every afternoon during the festival.

A variety of events and performances will also be held around Cheonggyecheon Stream during the festival including the opportunity for visitors to write down their wishes on lanterns that will then be used to build a tunnel around Mojeongyo Bridge. At the lantern-floating event from 5 to 7pm, people will float their lanterns along the beautiful Cheonggyecheon Stream, praying for their dreams to come true.

For further information regarding the Seoul Lantern Festival, visit, the official website for Seoul city tourism.

Seoul Lantern Festival Opening Ceremony - Nov 11th (Wed), 2009, 19:00~21:00
* Festival runs from the 11th to the 22nd of Nov, 2009
* Lanterns are lit every evening from 5:30-11:00 pm 
Location: Cheonggye Plaza
How to get there:
Take the subway to exit #5 of Gwanghwamun Stn (line #5)
Or take exit #2 at Euljiro 1(il)-ga Stn from line #2

● Main Events




11th Nov (Wed) 19:00~21:00

Cheonggye Plaza

Opening Ceremony, special concert

12th (Thu)~15th (Sun) Nov 
16:00~17:00/ 19:00~20:00

Gwanggyo brdg.

Acappella performance, B-boy dancing, electric string performance

12th (Thu)~15th (Sun) Nov 14:00~16:00/17:30~19:00

Gwangtonggyo brdg. & nearby area of Gwanggyo brdg.

Sculpture performance, magic show, body painting

14th (Sat)~15th (Sun) Nov 18:00~22:00

Cheonggye Plaza

Lantern coach ride.

12th (Thu)~15th (Sun) Nov

Jangtonggyo brdg.~Samilgyo brdg.

Lantern cafe

12th (Thu)~22nd (Sun) Nov  17:00~19:00

Gwanggyo brdg.~Jangtonggyo brdg.

Floating wish lanterns

12th (Thu)~22nd (Sun) Nov 14:00~22:00

Mojeongyo Bridge, Gwanggyo brdg., & Samilgyo brdg.

Making lanterns out of Hanji (Korean traditional paper)