One of my favorite things about living in Korea has been the plethora of festivals available on a weekly basis. In fact, many festivals land on the same weekend, like the amazing Andong Mask Festival and the unbearably overcrowded International Fireworks Festival.
From April 25th-May 11th, Korea celebrated Buddha’s 2556 th birthday with its annual lantern festivities. Many places around Seoul and the rest of the country were decorated with amazing lanterns for the event. Bongeunsa is one of Korea’s oldest, largest, and most important temples. They seem to go all out for the event.
Closing time is normally pretty late in Bongeunsa, but the lanterns are shut down around 9PM.
Did you miss the lantern festival this year? Not to worry! The lanterns make an appearance twice a year! They will be back late September – early October. The lantern festival in Jinju is said to be the king of them all, so make sure to check it out. Here are some more pictures from Bongeunsa.