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Temple lanterns

  • Date09/29/2020
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Temple lanterns
Temple lanterns
Every year around May, Buddhist temples throughout the nation put up brightly colored lanterns in celebration of Buddha’s birthday, the eighth day of the fourth month on the lunar calendar. Major cities including Seoul also hold elaborate lantern festivals around this time. In Buddhism, the lantern is seen as a symbol of Buddha’s wisdom, bringing light to the dark world. Lanterns are also hung within Korean temples throughout the year, holding the wishes and hopes of the people who hang them. Korea’s most famous temples are located deep within the mountains, but you can still enjoy the lanterns at these urban temples.
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Jogyesa Temple Located not far from Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple is an important temple, being the main temple of the Jogyesa Order of Korean Buddhism. On Buddha’s birthday, the temple hosts a celebratory ceremony, and the entire temple grounds are covered in a blanket of lanterns. Additional attractions include the small lotus ponds at Iljumun Gate, vibrantly painted Daeungjeon Hall, stately Japanese pagoda tree in the courtyard, and the Lacebark Pine of Susong-dong (Natural Monument No. 9).
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Operating info on Jogyesa Temple
Address
554, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 우정국로 554)
Directions
Walk for approx. 10 min from Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6 or Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2
Operating hours
06:00-23:00, open all year round
Website
www.jogyesa.kr (Korean, English)
Bongeunsa Temple Bongeunsa Temple is located in the business district of Gangnam, close to COEX Mall. It is one of the most-visited temples among locals and tourists alike. The grand Maitreya Bodhisattva statue was built in 1996 and is always lit up, even on the darkest nights. Lanterns also decorate the area for two months before and after Buddha’s birthday. Many photographers visit at night for the fantastic juxtaposition of the traditional temple before the modern city nightscape.
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Operating info on Jogyesa Temple
Address
531, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 봉은사로 531)
Directions
Walk for approx. 5 min from Bongeunsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 1
Operating hours
03:30-19:00, open all year round
Website
www.bongeunsa.org (Korean only)
Samgwangsa Temple Samgwangsa Temple in Busan is a relatively new temple, having been founded in 1986, and is the second main temple of the Cheontae Order of Korean Buddhism. Jogyesa Temple in Seoul cannot compare to the grandeur of Samgwangsa Temple, both in size and style. The lantern festival taking place around Buddha’s birthday is a sight to see, earning it a spot on CNN’s list of “50 Must-see Beautiful Places in Korea.” It is a popular temple among international tourists, and features colorful lanterns and bright flowers on days of important Buddhist events throughout the year.
Helpful tips
Operating info on Jogyesa Temple
Address
77, Choeupcheon-ro 43beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan (부산광역시 부산진구 초읍천로43번길 77)
Directions
Take the village bus from Seomyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 9
Operating hours
Open 24 hr, all year round
Website
www.samkwangsa.or.kr (Korean only)
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