This weekend I had the opportunity to check out the last day of the Seoul Lantern Festival – and I can definitely say it was impressive.




Held annually to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, this multi-day festival is a celebration of Korean tradition, light, and stunning colours. Originally, I had no intention of visiting it; I’ve been in Asia for many years so lantern festivals are nothing new. It wasn’t until I was lounging in the grass at a beer festival that a few friends walked by (I love how small the world is) and we all left together to visit temples and see beautiful lanterns.

Where Is It?

It’s held every year in around Cheonggyecheon, a stream that runs through the middle of Seoul. We found a lot of lanterns in the Cheonggye Plaza area.


If you’re ever in Seoul early may, I definitely recommend heading into the middle of the city to check out all the sights, sounds, and tastes this festival has to offer. Happy Birthday, Buddha!

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