Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon Stream is the setting for the capital’s yearly Lantern Festival. It seems that many cities in Korea have lantern festivals (for any reason at all really) but Seoul’s was the first one that I read about and it was high up on my list of things to see in Korea.
Cheonggyecheon stream was covered by the city above for many years but was reclaimed and reopened in 2005. It is beautiful all year round but at Lantern Festival, it is transformed into a magical place.
The lanterns are made by local community groups and international artists and this year were divided into four themes: ‘Antique Beauty in Seoul’, ‘Past Lives Met in Seoul’, ‘Seoul Today’, and ‘Together, Seoul’.
The festival certainly lived up to my high expectations gained from years of Googling and it felt like a perfect way to celebrate the wonderful green space that was once hidden.
Colourful lanterns of children’s TV characters are some of the most popular installations at the Seoul Lantern Festival.
Overseas entries to the lantern festival included stunning work from China, Japan and the United States.
Traditional lanterns and ones that have re-imagined some of Seoul’s iconic historic buildings.