"One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things." (Henry Miller)
16.05.2010 65 °F
"100,000 Lotus Lanterns brighten the world and the heart!"
While waiting for the parade to begin, Sara and I went to the Taj Mahal Restaurant to indulge in some Indian cuisine. To our disappointment, quick and quality service was not included as a part of our dining experience. We were so very hungry, so thought it a good idea to bring out the Korean style chips as a tasty pre-appetizer. However, once our food was finally served to us, we found it delicious.
The Lotus Lantern Parade commenced at 7:00pm from Dongdaemun to Jogyesa Temple along Jongno Street, following the daytime festivities. There were countless handheld lanterns and giant lantern floats.
The parade of lights and performers were amazing and entertaining. Korea does not joke about their festivals and parades! They really do things up big with their lights, culture, dance, and other entertainment.
Day or night, the Koreans seem to love to wear big visors.
I managed to stop a little girl carrying a pretty lantern in the parade to ask her if I could have a lantern. She handed it to me with a smile.
After the parade ended, live entertainment was provided, music and dance.
A large group of monks enjoyed the performances.
Lanterns, statues, and lights flooded the streets and parks.
I was able to collect a few lanterns while walking around.