Seoul Lantern Festival 2011

The third annual Seoul Lantern festival is lighting up the Cheonggyecheon Stream once again with lanterns depicting everything from fish to transformers. This years theme is “Stories of Seoul’s Past through Lanterns”. At the beginning the theme is right out there in the open through a half scaled model of Namdaemun gate that you can walk through and Korean fables through lanterns. But by the end, which is longer than it was last year, Spiderman and Superman make their way into the history somehow. I’m not sure what they were referring to in Korea’s history, but there are spiders here and it’s a super cool place.

You can see a new to me, old to Korea, game called Stake Driving. In essence it’s a Paper, Rock, Scissors game while you’re sitting on top of your friends.

Next a series of lanterns going quite far depict a Korean wedding ceremony complete with a samulnori music performance to the happy couple.

The whole thing will continue through this weekend, November 20 so if you haven’t gone check it out. Lines can be insane but you can see just as easily from the sidewalk rather than pushing your way through to the actual path near the stream.


Beginning of the stream:

종로구 서린동 14

14 Seolin-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea



Gwanghwamun Station, exit 5. Walk straight to the spiral statue and turn left to find the entrance to the stream.

City Hall Station, exit 4. Walk straight to the spiral statue and turn right to find the entrance to the stream.


99, 1002, 101, 150, 270, 370, 402, 405, 470, 471, 501, 506, 600, 602, 700, 703, 704, 707, 710, 720, N26, N37, N40, 1711, 7016, 7019, 1000, 1004, 1100, 1200, 1900, 2000, 7900, 9710, 8600, 8601, 9703, 9709, 9714, 6005, 6701

Admission: Free

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