Thursday, June 14, 2012

Buddha's Birthday in Seoul

Buddha's birthday was celebrated on May 28th 2012. The Lotus Lantern Festival held in its wake ran from May 18th to 20th. There were many free activities like making lotus lanterns, sampling Temple food, trying on hanboks (Korean traditional costume) and many more during that time. There was also a spectacular lantern parade bringing in floats of huge lanterns of different styles, gorgeous traditional Korean dancers and a huge array of people from different parts of the world carrying the lanterns. This was the when we visited two of the most famous Buddhist temples in Seoul. Bonguensa Temple and Jogyesa Temple.
Big Statue of Buddha in Bonguensa Temple

Almost 6000 buddha statues in Bonguensa temple

Big collection- almost 6000 statues of Buddha in Bonguensa Temple 

Big Flower lantern at the Bonguensa Temple

Big collection of Lotus lanterns at the Bonguensa Temple

Big Sleeping Buddha lantern during the lantern parade

 Big Dragon lantern at the Lantern parade 

Big statues of Buddha at the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul. 

Colorful array of lanterns during the festival

One of the free activities during the festival was to try and hit the drums to a specific beat.

She was very good at the playing the Korean (big) drum.

Our next trip was to the Seoul Tower, one of the top tourist attractions in Seoul.

Thursday Challenge- Big
Yellow Mellow Monday 
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  1. Beautiful Big set of pictures of Big subjects!!

  2. Gorgeous photos, I enjoyed looking at them.

  3. I always thought that the USA was the country where everything is bigger, but I am starting to doubt their claim after seeing these wonderfull pictures.

  4. I would love to beat that drum. :)

  5. A great post for MYM!
    Have a nice day!

  6. Festivals are fun!
    Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog!
    Lea's Menagerie

  7. What an interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  8. A wonderful selection of images.

  9. Wow these are so lovely. I saw the thousand buddhas in China but it seems like limited compared to these photos. And your photos are so vivid too, beautiful. I also love best that sleeping buddha capture.

  10. Beautiful displays!

    Golden Memories from Korea, hope you'd come and see my MYM!

  11. Incredible sights. Thanks for these.

  12. Thank-you for sharing the festival photos. Those huge lanterns are quite remarkable.

  13. very interesting and beautiful pictures ! thanks !

  14. Enjoyable read, and the photos are a delight.

    I hope one day I am able to visit South Korea.

  15. Beautiful and very interesting..

    Visiting for MYM- hope you can stop by..

  16. Nice photos, Devi. Such a small country, S Korea, does everything in
    a beautiful way. You give the details clearly, keep it up.

  17. beautiful devi...where's your lantern?


  18. So Beautiful... Nice Clicks... Think i should have a fmly visit b4 u move from there...


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