|Title||Lanterns galore at the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival|
The ‘Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival’ is one of the highlights in the annual festival calendar of Korea as noted by the Korea Tourism Organization. Festivities take place in the Gyeongsangnam-do province between the 1st to 14th October 2012.
Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival originates from the lantern lighting ritual used during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese invasion, 1592) as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops from wading the Namgang River. The highlights of the festival are the floating of lanterns carrying personal wishes of the citizens along the Namgang River, and the parade of lanterns created by the students themselves. In addition, the festival features gaejesik (lighting of lanterns in remembrance of the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle veterans), an exhibition of the world’s traditional lanterns, and many more participatory cultural programs.
Visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at making a lantern before witnessing the spectacular lantern parades. This is just one of the activities available to visitors across the festival period so be sure to check-out what else is on offer through the website.
For further information go to www.yudeung.com
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