Lotus Lantern Festival 2013

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Buddha's birthday falls on May 17th this year. The city was primed for the festivities by lighting of the lantern in the Gwanghwamun square on April 23rd, and the display of the lanterns in the Cheonggyechon stream and in the Bongyeunsa and Jogyesa Temples.

Lanterns are an important part of the Buddhist beliefs symbolising wisdom to the world. Huge, colorful lanterns made of 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. Just outside the Jongno 3-ga station was a perfect place to watch the parade.

lantern from the lotus lantern festival 2013
Some lanterns were so huge that they had to be moved by trucks

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 light sabers :)

Laughing Buddha lantern
Laughing Buddha with a bow :)

Float from Tibet
Float from Tibet

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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