It was my second time in Seoul and my first time touring my friends in my happy place, the country which I would always want to go back to…South Korea. We were very fortunate that our travel dates coincided with the 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival so I took this as an opportunity to introduce to them one of the many colorful festivities which characterizes Korean culture.
The Seoul Lantern Festival started in 2009 for the Visit Korea Year and since then, it has been one of the major events in the city. Last year, the theme was “Shining World Heritage of Seoul.” The theme for this year’s festival is “Illuminated Seoul Tour,” which features Seoul’s main tourist attractions such as Bukchon Hanok Village, Gwangjang Market and Jongmyo Shrine. Approximately 600 lanterns are on display along the stream which spans about 1.2 kilometers from Cheonggye Plaza to Supyogyo Bridge.
I was very glad that my friends are very open to my suggested itinerary so despite being tired from our almost 5-hour bus trip from Busan and despite the rainy weather, we still headed to the venue at Cheonggyecheon Stream to witness the event on its first night on November 6, 2015.
It was also my first time to see Cheonggyecheon Stream at night and if only it was not raining at that time and freezing cold, I would have loved to sit by the stream to just relax and enjoy the view of the beautifully crafted lanterns.
The 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival does not only feature the major tourist destinations in the city. While we were walking, we also saw “It’s more fun in the Philippines” booth as well as lanterns from our country!
The Seoul Lantern Festival 2015 is organized by the Joint Committee for the Seoul Lantern Festival. It is managed by the Seoul Tourism Organization and sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, UnionPay International, KEB Bank, Kobaco and NEPA. This festival goes on until November 22, 2015 so if you happen to be in Seoul right now, don’t miss this event!
Date and Time: 5pm to 11 pm from November 6 to 22, 2015.
Location: Cheonggyecheon Plaza between Gwangwhamun Square and Seoul City Hall.
Directions: Gwanghwamun Station. Subway 5. Exit 5.
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