2011 Seoul Lantern Festival to Give A Taste Of Old Seoul

Local History Gets Glowing Cheonggyecheon Tribute This November

Popular downtown Seoul waterway, the Cheonggyecheon, will once more be filled with all the colors of the rainbow next month for the 3rd annual Seoul Lantern Festival. From November 4-20, the event, under the theme, ‘A Taste Of Old Seoul’, will seek to showcase the city’s traditional character through a variety of lanterns specially designed to highlight its past.

Spanning a distance of 1.3km, the festival will stretch from traditional starting point Cheonggye Plaza to the Gwansugyo Bridge – 1.5 times longer than previous lantern festivals. The event will begin with a parade of 3,000 traditional Korean lanterns set along an 18m tunnel and also include lanterns exemplifying ‘Old Seoul’ and many others, including a half-size replica of the Namdaemun gate, traditional pastimes and modern superhero characters. The festival will also feature lanterns from 20 countries and special lantern-making programs for visitors.

An initiative of the Seoul Tourism Organization, the Seoul Lantern Festival is fast becoming a popular fixture of the city’s event calendar, attracting 2.2 million visitors in 2010. The Cheonggyecheon, a popular Seoul landmark, was recently restored as part of the Hangang River Renaissance project.