Lotus lantern competition lights up after two-year break


A customer at Cheonggye Stream takes a photograph of the standard lanterns on show on Tuesday. (Yonhap)

In celebration of Buddha’s 2,566th birthday which falls on Could 8 this yr, main Buddhist temples and the Cheonggye Stream space in central Seoul have been lit up with 1000’s of lotus lanterns.

Though the official Yeondeunghoe, the lantern lighting competition, will likely be held for 3 days beginning Friday, the festive temper will proceed on with most lanterns staying lit by Could 10.

In December 2020, Yeondeunghoe was formally inscribed on the United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group’s listing of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This yr marks the primary Yeondeunghoe after the UNESCO itemizing, for the reason that Buddhist group canceled the parade for 2 years because of the pandemic. 

“Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns” at Cheonggye Stream, central Seoul, is seen on Tuesday evening. (Yonhap)

“Exhibition of Conventional Lanterns” at Cheonggye Stream, central Seoul, is seen on Tuesday night. (Yonhap)

Yeondeunghoe, which was first recorded through the Silla Kingdom (57 BC – AD 935), has been maintained by the Joseon period whilst Confucianism prevailed.

“Exhibition of Conventional Lanterns” showcases lotus lanterns product of hanji, conventional paper comprised of mulberry bushes, in addition to lanterns in numerous shapes and figures that symbolize the spirit of Buddhism. The exhibitions are going down at two Buddhist temples — Jogyesa in downtown Seoul and Bongeunsa in southern Seoul — and alongside the Cheonggye Stream, which programs by central Seoul. The lanterns at Cheonggye Stream will keep lit from 5:30 p.m. to midnight each day.

The principle occasions will likely be held on Saturday. 

People make lotus lanterns for Yeondeunghoe on Wednesday at Jogyesa. (Yonhap)

Folks make lotus lanterns for Yeondeunghoe on Wednesday at Jogyesa. (Yonhap)

“Eoulim Madang,” a Buddhist cheer rally, will likely be held on the Dongguk College Stadium from 4:30 p.m. to six p.m.

One of many highlights of the celebrations, “Lantern Parade,” will happen from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning at Heunginjimun close to Dongdaemun Station and make its means by the central downtown space of Jongno-gu earlier than ending at Jogyesa. These hoping to catch the parade can get off the subway at Jongno 3-ga, Jongno 5-ga and Jonggak stations.

Saturday’s occasions will come to an in depth with “Hoehyang Hanmadang,” a post-parade celebration, which will likely be held on the Jonggak intersection from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

“Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns” at Cheonggye Stream, central Seoul, is seen on Tuesday evening. (Yonhap)

“Exhibition of Conventional Lanterns” at Cheonggye Stream, central Seoul, is seen on Tuesday night. (Yonhap)

Anybody can take part within the parade march, each in particular person and on-line as avatars, by registering by the Yeondeunghoe web site or at Jogyesa.

Occasions on Saturday will likely be broadcast dwell for seven hours on two Buddhist tv channels, BTN and BBS, and their respective YouTube channels.

Conventional cultural occasions and performances, equivalent to lantern-making periods and “madangnori” — out of doors theatrical performances that actively engages the viewers — will likely be held round Jogyesa on Sunday, from midday to 7 p.m.

The ultimate celebration, “Yeondeungnori” will likely be held in entrance of Jogyesa from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

On Could 8, all temples all through the nation will likely be holding ceremonies to have a good time Buddha’s birthday.

By Kim Hae-yeon (hykim@heraldcorp.com)



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