While I was living in Korea and working as an English Instructor, I was lucky enough to visit many festivals. One of them is a big annual one held in Seoul in May called the Lotus Lantern Festival.
The Lotus Lantern Festival is held in celebration of Buddha’s Birthday, a national holiday in Korea that marks the birthday of Buddha and celebrates buddhism. In Buddhist beliefs, lanterns represent wisdom and bring light to the world so they are used to mark this special occasion.
A special lantern lighting ceremony to pay respect to Buddha called “Yeondeung” has been conducted in Korea since the 14th century. This tradition carries onto modern day Korea in the form of this festival that brings together local and international visitors through a beautiful lantern display and various events.
I was able to see the lantern display and also visited Jogyesa Temple.