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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)

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Period
04.28.2017 ~ 04.30.2017 Finished
Address
55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 우정국로 55 (견지동)
Location
Jongno Street, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-2011-1744∼6
Introduction
The Yeon Deung Hoe Festival originated in the Silla period more than 1,200 years ago. It has since been passed down through the Goryeo era, the Joseon era, and is still an annual tradition today. This traditional festival is designated as Korea’s National Intangible Cultural Property No. 122. By lighting lanterns at the Yeon Deung Hoe Festival, participants can brighten their own hearts as well as the world.
Programs
[Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns]:April 28 (Fri)- May 7 (Sun)
Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple, Cheonggyecheon Stream

Come and absorb the spirit of the lanterns!
With soft and lovely light, the lanterns convey the aspirations and careful attention to detail of their creators. You can browse through traditional hanji paper lanterns in different colors and shapes.

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

A round of cheerful togetherness to excite you!
Before marching onto the streets to begin the lantern parade, participants can heighten their joy watching the spectacular dance movements and upbeat songs held on stage by various performance groups. The performance is followed by the ceremony of bathing the baby Buddha and a Dharma service.

[Lantern Parade]: 
April 29 (Sat) 7:00- 9:30 pm 
Street in front of Jongno (Dongdaemun Gate → Jogyesa Temple)

All participants become stars of the luminous lantern parade!
Thousands of lanterns will 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 
Jonggak Intersection

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 
Street in front of Jogyesa Temple 

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 lantern making and temple food tasting.

[Cultural Performances]: April 30 (Sun) Noon-6:00 pm
Performance stage in front of Jogyesa Temple 

See lively performances filled with deep emotion and joy.
Enjoy traditional folk performances including 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
Street in front of Insa-dong and Jogyesa Temple 

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.
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.
Transportation
[Subway]
Jogyesa Temple
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Walk straight for approx. 200m to arrive at Jogyesa Temple.

Or

Anguk Station
(Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Walk straight for approx. 130m, and turn left at the Anguk Intersection.
Walk straight for approx. 200m to arrive at Jogyesa Temple.

Bongeunsa Temple
Samgseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6.
Walk straight for approx. 600m, and turn left.
Walk straight for approx. 150m to arrive at Bongeunsa Temple.

Jongno Street
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1)

Dongguk University Stadium
Dongguk Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Walk straight for approx. 110m and turn left.
Walk straight into the campus to the stadium.
E-Mail
hong@buddhism.or.kr
Homepage
www.llf.or.kr
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