Seoul Lantern Festival (서울빛초롱축제)


Light The Lights!

Catching the Seoul Lantern Festival is one of the things I recommended in my article 15 Best Things To Do In Seoul. The Seoul Lantern Festival is an annual festival showcasing colorful lanterns that light up the Chenggyecheon Stream with various things to see stretching all the way from Cheonggye Plaza and Supyogyo Bridge.

Seoul Lantern festival
2016’s theme

It is truly a remarkable annual event that started in 2009 and nearly 3 million people are expected to attend every year.

seoul lantern festival

This is my second time to attend the festival and I’m so excited to see the bright lights and colorful displays. I went there last year (2016) with my Korean friends.

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seoul lantern festival
2017. Sorna bes


Here are some of the pictures from last year (2016)

Seoul Lantern FestivalWhat a magnificent sight to behold as a life-sized dragon greets the spectators! Really a great way to open the festivities!Seoul Lantern Festival 2016People can’t stop photographing this display and taking their selcas (that’s a term Koreans use for selfies).

Seoul Lantern Festival

I like this installation coz it’s so huge and bright!

Colorful lanterns called “Parol” from the Philippines are displayed as some countries have a portion or are part of the show.

Seoul Lantern festival

I was able to also photograph the unique Jongno Tower (종로 타워) and it is one of My Best Photos of South Korea part 1 (Click the link the see all of them).

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This year’s theme is the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The Seoul government is at full speed promoting the winter Olympics in February 2018.

Centering on the Winter Olympics theme, the overall hues were blue and white, and the centerpiece was a mock-up of a ski jumper sledding down the slope.

Seoul Lantern Festival

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Various people went to see the beautiful and bright displays…

Seoul Lantern Festival In the middle, there was an activity center that allowed people to make paper lanterns and after that, they would set them off to the stream.

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Seoul Lantern Festival

Seoul Lantern Festival

All of a sudden, there was a fire! But nothing to worry, it was small. The paper lanterns caught fire since the wind was strong. It eventually died out, but there was a little bit of smoke so we had to move on.

Seoul Lantern Festival

The entry of the Philippines are bright lanterns called “Parol” and these lanterns are usually used during Christmas season.

Seoul Lantern Festival

Fleeting Cloud (Myeongjin Kim)

This work is motivated by Yun Dong-ju’s poem “self-portrait”. It is a plastic art that invites spectators to meditate on the short life of Yun Dong-ju and the spectator’s own life while enjoying the lights that shine on Cheonggyeocheon as if the moon and passing clouds shine on the well.

Pororo and friends

Pororo the Little Penguin is a renowned Korean animation that has gained much popularity from children since its first broadcast in 2003 with the story of fun adventures that Pororo the little penguin and his friends encounter on their journey.

Overall, the Seoul Lantern is a must-see every year. It was very organized with the way they put guards in each entrance guiding the people where to go.

The festival ran from November 3-19, 2017.


How to get there:

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.

Blue bus: 101, 150, 163, 402, 405, 504, 506
Green bus: 1711, 7016, 7017, 7021,8000
Circular bus: 92S tour



Euljiro 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 3), Exit 1, 2, 3, or 4,
-walk straight for 10 mins.

Blue bus: 140, 163, 470, 471, 501, 701
Direct bus: 1150, 5000, 5005, 5007, 7900, 9001, 9003, 9300
Express bus: 8100
Red bus: M4101, M4102


Jongno 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3), Exit 12, 13 or 14,
-Walk straight for 10 mins.

Euljiro 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 3), Exit 1, 2, 4 or 5.
-Walk straight for 10 mins.

Blue bus: 163

I can’t wait for next year’s event.

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