Sunday, May 12, 2013

Lotus Lantern Festival 2013

Do you remember the thousands of lanterns that float in the air in Disney's Rapunzel? That's exactly what i am reminded of when i see the lotus lantern festival parade in Seoul. Only, the lanterns are far more bigger, complex, floating through the streets and just so much more beautiful in reality.

Lanterns are an important part of the Buddhist beliefs symbolising enlightenment to the world. Huge, colorful lanterns made of strong Hanji  paper, beautiful girls dancing in pretty hanboks, cute kids carrying lanterns with enthusiasm, makes-me-want-to-dance rhythmic music from the instruments, comfortable seats for the spectators arranged by the city and perfect spring weather to watch the show! Just perfect.

The parade started at 7PM from the Heunginjium gate from Dongdaemun and moved towards the Jogyesa Temple, where they are in display. Just outside the Jongno 3-ga station was a perfect place to watch the parade. The parade went on for about two and a half hours. It was a night to remember!

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lantern from the lotus lantern festival 2013
Some lanterns were so huge that they had to be moved by trucks
This is my most favorite of all festivals in Seoul. It is a visual treat that i wouldnt mind being a part of, year after year! I like! The Lotus Lantern Parade in Seoul.

rainbow color dancers of Lantern festival
Pretty rainbow colored hanboks of the dancers in the festival
Korean flag of the lotus lantern festival
Lanterns in captivating designs
White dragon lantern
White dragon which breathes fire was one of three. See the dragon from last year's parade here.
Pretty butterfly lanterns
Colourful butterfly lanterns looked oh! so pretty.

The tortoise lantern of the lotus lantern festival
Really huge tortoise-guy lantern 
Pretty girls in pretty coloured hanboks
Pretty girls in delicate hanboks

another dragon lantern
Wonderful sight or what!

Round lanterns
Round lanterns 

Pretty round lanterns
School kids performing with the lanterns

Pretty lanterns

Reminds me of Mary lanterns

Buddha lantern for the Buddha's Birthday
The Buddha lantern for the Buddha's Birthday

Light saber lanterns
Reminds me of the blue light saber :)

Laughing Buddha lantern
Laughing Buddha with a bow :)

Float from Tibet
Float from our neighbouring country

Just to add a bit of fun!

Two wheeler powered lantern float
Two wheeler-powered lantern float

another huge lantern float
Yet another beautiful lantern float!
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  1. Seems Koreans celebrate lot of festivals, and the lantern festival displayed number of lighting in different shapes here. I liked the last one a lot... kids and girls dancing in hanboks should be so pretty sight.

  2. loved all the clicks so vibrant and live .thanks for the share.

  3. Wow! An amazing festival captured magnificently!

  4. loved all the colour and the huge lanterns..thanks for sharing!

  5. The creativity is amazing, right? Lovely pictures, Meoww.:)

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