This November 1 to 17, let’s check out the lightning of the 2019 Seoul Lantern Festival (서울빛초롱축제) at the Cheonggyecheon stream up to the Supyogyo Bridge.
Yearly, the Seoul Lantern Festival is held throughout the period from the first Friday of November to the third Sunday of November. Every year a lot of locals and foreigners visit starting from Cheonggyecheon Square to Supyogyo Bridge to see the lanterns lightened up during the night.
This year’s theme is “Your Seoul, Light through Dream” (당신의 서울, 빛으로 꾸는 꿈) with the help of the official sponsors from Taiwan Visitors Association featuring the “Taiwan’s beautiful mountain range and lanterns”, China National Tourist Office, Seoul “China’s beautiful pandas and its friends”, and KEB Hana Bank’s “starlight tunnel on Mojeongyo bridge”.
Date November 1 – 17, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm- 11:00pm
Venue: Cheonggyecheon Plaza to Supyogyo Bridge (1.2 km), 14-1, Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
How to get here?
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 4 or 5, walk straight for 3 mins.
Euljiro 1-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2 or 3, walk straight for 5 mins.
Euljiro 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 3), Exit 1, 2, 3, or 4, walk straight for 10 mins.
Jongno 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3), Exit 12, 13 or 14, walk straight for 10 mins.
2016 Seoul Lantern Festival (서울빛초롱축제) Experience
Last 2016, my family went to see the Seoul Lantern Festival and it’s really amazing because it’s for all ages and it’s also a nice way to walk during the night. The view is romantic and you’ll see interesting lanterns from Korea’s pre-historic symbols.
That year the theme was Lantern PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, Lantern Seoul, Korea & Lanterns of the World and Lantern Characters and Artists. That was the reason why the famous lanterns from the Philippines were included.
I felt like I was in the Philippines when I saw these. I was dreaming that from somewhere someone will gonna shout “Balot!” or an ale will gonna say “Bibingka, putobungbong kayo dyan“, but I sad I remembered I was in Korea. Whenever I walked outside I feel the breeze of Christmas, maybe because I really miss going back home.
Another reason why it is good to visit this kind of festival because kids will love it. My son loves the character themes before in 2016, like the Pororo and Friends, robots and Superwings characters. There are events too at the festival like you’ll get a gift when you upload a photo of the festival in your social media accounts together with the given hashtag. This year I am not sure if the wishing lanterns will be present too. But in 2016, a lot of kids and visitors tried writing their wish on the lantern and let it stay at the stream
- The weather is cold during this season, wear clothes that can keep you warm.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Don’t forget to check out the street foods nearby.
- If visiting with kids, please take good care of them.
- Don’t forget to bring your cameras.
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