The area was packed of course with visitors, however the park seemed pretty light on foot traffic.
The lanterns represent:
The lantern has the meaning of brightening and praying for the world. You can experience the making of a eight-sided lantern and pray for your wishes. Lotus lantern making will be held right next to the Buddhist Street Festival that will offer many, many more cultural experiences.
create Buddhist crafts.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, despite what some may think of as a commercial-Buddhist happening. I think it is important for Korea to share their culture in this way because it allowed people to get involved and learn something. There was plenty of English on the signs and English speaking helpers.
One of the favorites among international visitors is the hands-on experience program where visitors can participate in making lotus-shaped lanterns or paint a Buddhist picture.
Here were Tibetan monks making a sand mandala.
Many sand mandala contain a specific outer locality which is clearly identified as a charnel ground. The colors for the painting are usually made with naturally colored sand, crushed gypsum (white), yellow ochre, red sandstone, charcoal, and a mixture of charcoal and gypsum (blue). Mixing red and black can make brown, red and white make pink. Other coloring agents include corn meal, flower pollen, or powdered roots and bark.
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I was thoroughly impressed with the representation of different Buddhist nations at this festival. It really made you understand how this religion has spread and shaped different cultures around the Asian world.
Then I found myself trying on the Korean traditional costume the hanbok. Although, it was just a simple one that was easy to put on.
I wanted JH to wear one but he had none of it citing that he was Korean and didn't need to.
Around the center of the festival was a ceremony taking place, with a choir singing. (see video from previous post)
We then headed into the Jogyesa Temple where there was a grand lantern display and concert of dancing children.
It was fun watching the kids dance, but we were really hungry so we headed back into Insadong street for a bite to eat.
The place where we found lunch had a water fountain nearby that a group of children liked to play with.
We went home after lunch and so didn't catch the nighttime festivities of the lantern parade. However, I hope to see it next year. I believe there are still some festivities to happen this weekend so there is still time if you want to catch it. I would highly recommend coming out next year and taking part in the crafts and celebrations.