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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04.28.2017 ~ 04.30.2017
55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 우정국로 55 (견지동)
Jongno Street, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple
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The Yeon Deung Hoe Festival originated in the Silla era more than 1,200 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 National 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.
[Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns]: April 28 (Fri)- May 7 (Sun) 
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.

[Eoullim Madang (Buddhist Cheer Rally)]: April 29 (Sat) 4:30-6:00 pm 
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.

[Lantern Parade]: 
April 29 (Sat) 7:00- 9:30 pm 
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.

[Hoehyang Hanmadang (Post-Parade Celebration)]:April 29 (Sat) 9:30-11:00 pm 
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.

[Traditional Cultural Events]: April 30 (Sun) Noon-7:00 pm 
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.

[Cultural Performances]: April 30 (Sun) Noon-6:00 pm
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.

[Yeondeungnori (Final Celebration)]: April 30 (Sun) 7:00~9:00 pm
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.

[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.
Performance Times
April 28 (Fri): 19:00
April 29 (Sat): 16:00-23:00
April 30 (Sun): 12:00-22:00
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages.
Joggyesa Temple
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Go 200m forward to arrive at Joggyesa Temple.


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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