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Lotus Lantern Festival (연등회 연등축제)
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Period
04.25.2014 ~ 05.11.2014
Address
55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 우정국로 55 (견지동)
Location
Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple, Dongguk University areas
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-2011-1774~7 (Korean)
Introduction
The Lotus Lantern Festival is held every year on April 8th (lunar calendar) in honor of Buddha's Birth. The festival is preceded by hanging of lotus-shaped lanterns across Seoul for several weeks, and officially kicks off with lighting of the Jangeumdang, a large lantern that symbolizes Buddhism and Buddha's Birthday, at the Seoul Plaza. The celebration continues with a wide array of Buddhist programs and activities, before ending with an impressive lantern parade in the heart of Seoul.
Programs
Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns
Meticulously crafted and exquisite lanterns made of hanji, traditional handmade Korean paper, will be on display. Each lantern tells its own story with its warm, cheerful light.
- Schedule: April 25-May 11
- Venue: Jogyesa Temple and Bongeunsa Temple

Eoulim Madang (Buddhist Cheer Rally)
Lantern parade participants, arrayed in their traditional hanbok costumes, will rally together with laughter and dancing before the lotus lantern parade begins.
- Schedule: April 26 (Sat) / 16:30-18:00  
- Venue: Dongguk University Stadium

Lantern Parade
Behold a brilliant ocean of light from the countless handheld lanterns and the grand ornate lantern floats in the festival's main attraction. Not to be missed.
- Schedule: April 26 (Sat) / 19:00-21:30
- Venue: From Heunginjimun Gate in Dongdaemun to Jogyesa Temple, along the Jongno Street

Hoehyang Hanmadang (Post-Parade Celebration)

Following the parade, participants and spectators come together to end the festivities in a spirit of dedicating one's merits to others. Buddhist entertainers put on a show and the audience gets into the act, dancing hand in hand. Fondly called the ‘Flower Party’ by foreigners, it is a joyful night with flower petals raining from the sky.
- Schedule: April 26 (Sat) / 21:30-23:00
- Venue: Jonggak Intersection (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1)

Traditional Cultural Events

Visit the booths to make lotus lanterns, create Buddhist art, try temple food and play traditional Korean folk games. There are also booths introducing the Buddhist cultures of Tibet, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia.
- Schedule: April 27 (Sun) / 12:00-18:00
- Venue: Street in front of Jogyesa Temple

Cultural Performances

Traditional Korean folk performers and performers from Asian Buddhist communities will perform.
- Schedule: April 27 (Sun) / 12:00-18:00
- Venue: Performance Stage in front of Jogyesa Temple

Yeondeungnori (Final Celebration)

The grand finale of the festival features a mini lantern parade around Insa-dong, accompanied by the Lotus Lantern Performance Groups. A joyful conclusion to a festival full of energy and harmony!
- Schedule: April 27 (Sun) / 19:00-21:00
- Venue: Gongpyeong Intersection, in front of Jogyesa Temple
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages.
Transportation
Joggyesa Temple
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Go 200m forward to arrive at Joggyesa Temple.

OR

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.

Dongguk University
Dongguk Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Go towards the intersection, and turn right.
Go 300m forward, and turn right.
Go 300m forward to arrive at the Dongguk University playground.
Fax
+82-2-725-6643
E-Mail
kang@buddhism.or.kr
Homepage
www.llf.or.kr
(Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)



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