Seoul is a big city and hold many beautiful festivals around the city. Today, I would like to take you to some of the festivals today.
Seoul Lantern Festival
Every November, Seoul Lantern Festival lights up Cheonggye Plaza and sections of Cheonggyecheon Stream with a variety of colorful lights under different concepts. The festival first started in celebration of the 2009 Visit Korea Year. And it has since grown into Seoul’s main winter cultural tourist festival sought out by over 2.5 million spectators annually.
2019 Seoul Lantern Festival Overview
Theme: Your Seoul, Light through Dream
Date and Time: Nov. 1 – 17, 2019 / Lights on at 17:00, lights off at 22:00 (23:00 on Sat., Sun.)
Venue: Cheonggye Plaza – Supyogyo Bridge, about 1.2km
- Section 1: Seoul, Your Fairytale
- Section 2: Seoul, Find Your Fairytale
- Section 3: Seoul, Tales of the Olden Times
- Section 4: Seoul, Our Fairytale Land
Experience programs include floating wish lanterns, making paper fairy tale lanterns, and making traditional lucky fortune lanterns.
Date: 2020.11.01 ~ 2020.11.17
Official Website:Seoul Lantern FestivalSeoul Lantern Festival
Address: Changsin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
This festival takes place only once a year.
A very beautiful festival and peculiar only to Korea (Perhaps similar festivals are held in both China and Japan, but I’m not sure). They made very beautiful fairy-tale characters from paper. From my acquaintances, I saw “Puss in Boots”, “The Nutcracker” and a couple of characters from popular Korean fairy tales that we taught. And it translated into our native language at the university.
Some clips from the festival
Volunteers in the uniform are on duty along the river so that people don’t fall and damage themselves. It is because a lot of people come to this festival and it can be dangerous if it gets too crowded. As you know, people want to take a closer look at the figures and take pictures with them. But we must not forget that safety comes first.
Seoul International Fireworks Festival
This is a very beautiful festival. Many of us are looking forward especially children and lovers. On the day, people from all around the country gather and not only Seoul. They come from cities that are not far from the capital.
What else to see
A firework show begins in the evening when it gets dark. Before that, you can enjoy musicians’ performances, many different street foods.
People begin to come here in the afternoon and even in the morning. Because on the weekend everyone wants to relax outside home. It is advisable to come to this festival early, as you will need to take a seat. Absolutely You can see the fireworks from anywhere around the park.
As you can see in the picture, there are so many people. And if you come in the evening, it should be too late to find a spot to sit.
After the end of the festival, all people are in a hurry to catch the metro. And there are a lot of people and in order to go home, you have to wait for the metro for a very long time. And some people leave without waiting for the end of the festival.
Date: 5th Oct. 2019 (SAT) 13:00 – 21:30;
Fee: Free Admission;
Address: 330 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (Yeouido Hangang Park);
Subway: Yeouinaru Station (subway line 5) exit 3; Saetgang Station (subway line 9) exit 3.