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Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)

  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
  • Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)

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Period
05.06.2016 ~ 05.08.2016 Finished
Address
55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 우정국로 55 (견지동)
Location
Jogyesa Temple, Jongno Street, Bongeun-sa Temple
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-2011-1744∼6
Introduction
The Lotus Lantern Festival is held every year in honor of Buddha's Birth. The festival is preceded by hanging of lotus-shaped lanterns across Seoul for several weeks, and officially kicks off with lighting of the Jangeumdang, a large lantern that symbolizes Buddhism and Buddha's Birthday, at the Seoul Plaza. The celebration continues with a wide array of Buddhist programs and activities, before ending with an impressive lantern parade in the heart of Seoul.
Programs
[Buddha’s Birthday]
The 8th day of the 4th lunar month is the Buddha’s Birthday. Temples nationwide light lanterns to symbolically transmit the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha.
They also perform ceremonies in celebration of his birth.

[Yeon Deung Hoe (Lighting Lantern Festival)]
The Yeon Deung Hoe Festival originated in the Silla era more than 1,300 years ago. It has since been passed down through the Goryeo era, the Joseon era (where it was called “Palgwan Hoe”), and is still an annual tradition today. This traditional festival is designated Korea’s Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 122.
By lighting lanterns at the Yeon Deung Hoe Festival, participants brighten their own hearts as well as the world.
People flock to South Korea from all over the world to attend this festival.

Korea’s lantern festival is a venue where the hearts of all participants come together as one! A festival in which all participants wish for each other’s happiness!
We invite all to share the millennial heritage of “Yeon Deung Hoe,” the Lighting Lantern Festival!

[Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns]
Come and absorb the spirit of the lanterns!
With soft, lovely light the lanterns convey the aspirations and careful attention to detail of their creators.
You can browse through traditional hanji paper lanterns in all colors and shapes.
- May 6 (Fri) - May 15 (Sun) 
- Jogye-sa Temple (Anguk Station, Seoul Subway Line 3)
- Bongeun-sa Temple (Samseong Station, Seoul Subway Line 2)
- Cheonggye-cheon Stream Area (Jonggak Station, Seoul Subway Line 1)

[Eoullim Madang (Buddhist Cheer Rally)]
A round of cheerful togetherness to excite you!
Before marching onto the streets to begin the lantern parade, participants heighten their joy watching the spectacular dance movements and upbeat songs held on stage by various performance groups. Afterward is the ceremony of bathing the baby Buddha and a Dharma service.
- May 7 (Sat) 16:30 ~ 18:00
- Dongguk University Stadium (Dongguk Univ. Station, Seoul Subway Line 3)

[Lantern Parade]
All participants become stars of the luminous lantern parade! Thousands of lanterns create magnificent waves of light that flow through the heart of metropolitan Seoul like an earthbound Milky Way.
Anyone can participate and become a star of the festival.
- May 7 (Sat) 19:00  - 21:30
- Along Jongno Street (From Dongdaemun Gate to Jogyesa temple)
(You can enjoy the parade at any of the following stations: Subway Lines 1, 3, 5 at Jongno 3-ga Station / Line 1 Jonggak Station or Jongno 5-ga Station)

[Hoehyang Hanmadang (Post-Parade Celebration)]
The rain of flower petals expresses the aspiration for happiness for all!
The cultural performances unfolding under a rain of flowers and the lively group dance of Ganggang Sullae bring all participants together as one, transcending nationality, gender, ethnicity and religion.
- May 7 (Sat) 21:30 - 23:00
- Jonggak Intersection (Jonggak Station, Seoul Subway Line 1)

[Traditional Cultural Events]
A variety of hands-on experiences to satisfy your senses!
The street festival pulsates with the unique aesthetics of Korea. You can enjoy various cultural experiences including making lanterns and sampling temple food.
- May 8 (Sun) 12:00 - 19:00
- Street in front of Jogye-sa Temple (Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1) / Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3)

[Cultural Performances]
See lively performances overflowing with deep emotion and joy.
Come and enjoy traditional folk performances like songs, dances and rope walking, along with Buddhist performances and various traditional performances from other Asian countries.
- May 8 (Sun) 12:00 - 18:00
- Performance Stage on the street in front of Jogye-sa Temple
(Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1) / Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3)

[Yeondeungnori (Final Celebration)]
Beautiful performances and a mini parade of splendid lanterns
Following the performance groups, another lantern parade will be held to express the aspiration for peace and happiness all over the world.
- May 8 (Sun) 19:00 - 21:00
- Insa-dong ~ Street in front of Jogye-sa Temple
(Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1) / Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3)


Performance Times
* May 6 (Fri): Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns (Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temples / Cheonggyecheon Stream)

* May 7 (Sat): Eoulim Madang (Buddhist Cheer Rally) (At Dongguk University Stadium), Lantern Parade (At Jongno area), Hoehyang Hanmadang (Post-Parade Celebration) (Jonggak Intersection)

* May 8 (Sun): Traditional Cultural Events, Temple Yeondeungnori (four-way intersection in front of Jogyesa Temple), Foreigner lantern-making contest 
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages.
Transportation
[Subway]
Joggyesa Temple
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Go 200m forward to arrive at Joggyesa Temple.

Or

Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Go 130m forward, and turn left at the Anguk Intersection (안국동사거리).
Go 200m forward to arrive at Joggyesa Temple.

Bongeunsa Temple
Samgseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6.
- Go 600 forward, and turn left.
- Go 150m forward to arrive at Bongeunsa Temple.

Jongno Street
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1)
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Fax
+82-2-725-6643
E-Mail
hong@buddhism.or.kr
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