Photo Essay: Seoul Lantern Festival on Cheonggyecheon Stream

While I was living in South Korea, I visited two lantern festivals in Seoul. In November, there was the Seoul Lantern Festival and in April, the Lotus Lantern Festival (Yeon Deung Hoe). This post contains pictures just from the November Seoul Lantern Festival, though if you want to read about my experience at Yeon Deung Hoe, you can go here. (In short, the April festival is a bit bigger and better with a parade and many more lanterns and such, but the November lantern festival comes without religious connotations and makes for a nice late autumn date and nighttime stroll along Seoul’s famous little stream).

I’d just like to say, I love lantern festivals in Korea and if you live here, you need to take advantage of this free and amazingly beautiful part of Korean culture. So, grab an Americano, an umbrella (I needed one), and the hand of someone you care for (since this is Korea, that could be someone of the same sex and no eyebrows will be raised), and head to Cheonggyecheon Stream in downtown Seoul.

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