The 2010 Lotus Lantern Festival and Parade that celebrates the Buddha’s birthday is coming soon (May 14-23, and the parade is on Sunday May 16th), and I dropped by Jogye Temple last week to see if the lanterns were up . . . about 40% of the lanterns are done, and I can’t wait for the parade again this year.  This is a shot of the main gate of Jogye Temple which is just 3 blocks or so from Jonggak Station in the center of Seoul.

The lanterns by the gate were lit, but the others weren’t yet.

I tried using my Speedlite 580EXII flash to take a shot of the lanterns not yet turned on . . . I haven’t tried flash photography with anything this big at night yet, and had to play with the settings a bit.

If you like taking pictures and have never visited Jogye Temple I highly recommend you check out the festival and parade.  It’s AWESOME!  The shot below is of the lanterns that have not yet been turned on, and on the left you can see the main temple building.

Here are two posts from last year . . .

2009 Buddhist Lotus Lantern Festival — Preview of the lanterns at Jogye Temple, Seoul

2009 Buddhist Lotus Lantern Festival — Cheonggyecheon stream lantern sculptures at night

I can’t wait to go again this year.  Julianne wants to make her own paper lantern at the festival during the day which should be fun to take pics of while she’s making it, and the parade is probably one of my top 10 things to see and do in Seoul.  Some people say they can’t go because they have to work on Monday morning but I would say it’s worth it to go to the parade and then sleep a few hours in a jimjilbang or cheap hotel and jump on an early bus or train home Monday morning–it’s that good!


Click on this link to find more info about the festival and parade.  Click here for more info and a map of the parade route.


date and time

Traditional Lantern Exhibition April 24 (Fri) –May 5 (Wed), 2010 Bongeunsa Temple in Samseong-dong
Ground of Fraternization
(Eoulim Hanmadang)
April 26, 2010 (Sun) 1:00pm Jangchung Gymnasium
Festival Evening Celebrations (Yeondeungnori) April 25, 2010 (Sat) 7:00pm-9:00pm From Insa-dong to the main street in front of Jogyesa Temple
Buddhist Culture Street Fair
(Bulgyo Munhwa Hanmadang)
April 26, 2010 (Sun) 12:00pm-7:00pm The main street in front of Jogyesa Temple
Ground of Harmony
(Hwahap Hanmadang)
April 26, 2010 (Sun) 4:30pm-6:00pm The sports ground at Dongguk University
Buddhist Lantern Parade April 26, 2010 (Sun) 7:00pm-9:30pm Jongno Street (from Dongdaemun to Jogyesa Temple)
Ground of Unity and Hope (Daedong Hanmadang) April 26, 2010 (Sun) 9:30pm-11:00pm Jonggak Intersection
Buddha’s Birthday Celebration and Lantern Lighting May 2, 2010 (Sat) 10:00am
(Lantern Lighting starting at 6:00pm)
Temples across the nation, including Jogyesa Temple