May 21 is this year’s ì„ê°€íƒ„ì‹ ì¼ or Buddha’s birthday. A highlight of this event is the Lotus Lantern Parade, held the Sunday before “seok-ka-tan-shin-il”. This is one of the must-see events in Seoul, IMO. I’ve been to a couple and I always come back. Next year, instead of being just a spectator I would participate in the parade myself as a lantern holder. 🙂
Last night, I went to see the parade alone. There was a soccer match between Korea and Ecuador and I couldn’t ask my husband to come with me. When I came back, my son cheered “De Han Min Guk” several times.
The parade started at 6:30 PM but I left my home at 7:30. I figured that they would be in Jonggak by that time and boy was I right. There were so many people and I swear I’d never seen so many foreigners in Seoul than last night, not even in Itaewon. I took some pictures but I mostly took movies, which I hope to upload if I could find the CD that came with my Lumix.
Anyway, here are some pictures I took last night. Matt from On My Way to Korea also has pictures of the parade last night and of the festival last Saturday.