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[Korea] The Lotus Lantern Festival will start on April 24
The 2009 Lotus Lantern Festival will start on April 24

The Lotus Lantern festival, which is held every year in Korea, commemorates the birth of Buddha. Many foreign tourists attend this festival, which provides a great opportunity to experience Korea’s Buddhist culture. “ The 2009 Lotus Lantern festival” will be held from April 24-26 in the downtown areas of Seoul, Seoul Plaza, and Jogyesa temple, whilst this year Buddha’s birthday actually falls on May 2.

The main event of the festival is the magnificent lantern parade. Spectacular lantern floats shaped as dragons, pagodas, white elephants and more, as well as 100,000 individual lanterns will parade from Dongdaemun to Jogyesa temple.

A huge lantern that symbolizes the birth of Buddha will be set up in Seoul Plaza, and other festive events include the traditional lantern exhibition, featuring lanterns shaped like fruit, animals and more, and the Buddhist Culture Street Fair where you can enjoy traditional songs and dances and even learn how to make your own lotus lantern.

The main events of the Lotus Lantern festival will take place on Sunday April 26.
For more information, go to http://www.llf.or.kr/eng/ or call 1330 
 

☞When : Friday April 24,2009 – Sunday April 26 2009
☞The Lotus Lantern Festival 2009
Event When Where
Lantern Lighting Ceremony Unfixed (in April) Seoul Plaza
Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns Friday April 24~Wednesday May 5 Bongeunsa temple, Samsung-dong
Festival Evening Celebrations: Yeondeungnori Saturday April 25 19:00~21:00 Insa-dong street ~ Front street of Jogyesa Temple
Buddhist Culture Street Fair Sunday April 26 12:00~19:00 Front street of Jogyesa Temple
Eoulim Madang Sunday April 26 13:00 Jangchun Gym
Lotus Lantern Parade Sunday April 26 19:00~21:30 Jongno street from Dongdaemun Stadium to Jogyesa Temple
Daedong ‘Being Together’ Celebration Sunday April 26 21:30~23:00 Jonggak
Buddhist Service & Ceremony celebrating Buddha’s birthday Saturday May 2 10:00 (Ceremony 18:00) Jogyesa Temple & nationwide temples

☞For more information :
+82-2-1330 (Korean/ English/ Japanese/Chinese)
+82-2-2011-1744(Korean)/ +82-2-722-2206(Korean/English)
☞Hompage: http://www.llf.or.kr/eng/ (Korean/ English/Japanese/Chinese/German/French)
☞Lotus Lantern Festival - 2 – 4 May 2008

Date 04/02/2009