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
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.
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