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Yeon Deung Hoe ‘Lotus Lantern Festival’

May 3~5. 2019(Fri-sun, 2563 Buddhist Era)
Vicinity of Jogye-sa Temple,  Jongno street, downtown in Seoul, South Korea

Yeon Deung Hoe, also known as Lotus Lantern Festival is originally an event with Buddhist significance, but is now becoming a cultural festival for everyone in South Korea. We invite all to share the millennial heritage of Yeon Deung Hoe, the Lotus Lantern Festival! 


The festival has a long tradition of more than 1,200 years and is designated as Koreas National Intangible Cultural Property No. 122  by Korean government. It boasts the largest number of visitors of more than 300,000 native Korean and 50,000 foreign visitors at the festival.


You can find the energy of Lotus Lantern Festival(Yeon Deung Hoe) in the Buddhist idea of the larger world where you and I are not differentiated but connected with each other. Just as a lantern brightens the world, the participants light up the festival with their time and energy for the enjoyment of all.  


The Date of the festival changes every year as it opens through the weekend right before the Buddhas birthday on 8th April by lunar calendar. In 2019, the festival comes 3(Fri)~5th(Sun) May and the Buddhas birthday will be on 12th(Sun) May.



* E-mail for more information: kang@buddhism.or.kr