The annual Seoul Lantern Festival has returned to Cheonggyecheon Stream in the heart of Korea’s capital city. From November 4th through the 20th, visitors will be able to see the cultures and history of Korea as told through hundreds of lanterns, and also make and float their own lanterns down the stream. Admission to the festival is free, while participation in the hands-on experience programs requires payment of a small fee.
Haechi, the mascot of Seoul, greets its visitors
(Left) Jongmyo Jeryeak is the music played in the Royal Ancestral Ritual (Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910). It has been designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity;
(Right) The march of the brave soldiers
Jongmyo Jeryeak orchestra.
Visitors are walking through Sungnyemun Gate, the National Treasure of Korea No. 1.
(Left) Jegi-chagi (shuttlecock-kicking); (Right) Carrying a bridal palanquin
Other depictions include the 12 zodiac signs (Oriental astrology), pungmulnori (percussion music performed by farmers), and Pororo the Little Penguin, a beloved computer-animated cartoon character.