Events & Festivals

Yeon Deung Hoe(Lotus Lantern Festival)

03144  55 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

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Buddha's Birthday

The 8th day of the 4th lunar month is the Buddha’s Birthday. Temples nationwide light lanterns to symbolically transmit the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha. They also perform ceremonies in celebration of his birth.


Lotus Lantern Festival

The Yeon Deung Hoe Festival originated in the Silla era more than 1,300 years ago. It has since been passed down through the Goryeo era, the Joseon era (where it was called “Palgwan Hoe”), and is still an annual tradition today. This traditional festival is designated Korea’s Intangible Cultural Property of Korea No. 122. By lighting lanterns at the Yeon Deung Hoe Festival, participants brighten their own hearts as well as the world. People flock to South Korea from all over the world to attend this festival.

» See videos of the Lotus Lantern Festival from 2013-2015


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This table consists of Event, Time, and Place.
Event Time Place
Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns
5.3(Fri) ~ 5.12(Tue) Jogyesa,  Bongeun-sa
Temples, Cheonggyecheon
Eoullim Madang
(Buddhist Cheer Rally)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
 Dongguk University Stadium
Lantern Parade 5.4(Sat)
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Along Jongno street
Hoehyang Hanmadang
(Post-Parade Celebration)
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Jonggak Intersection
(Jonggak Station, subway line 1)
 Traditional Cultural Events 5.5(Sun)
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
 Street in front of
Jogyesa Temple
Cultural Performances 5.5(Sun)
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gongpyung intersection
(Final Celebration)
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 Insa-dong ~ Street in front of Jogyesa Temple
Buddha's Birthday Dharma
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Jogyesa Temple and all
temples nationwide



Festival Information


- 1 day course : Saturday, May 4th

- 2 day course: May 4th - 5th (Sat-Sun) 



This table consists of Date, Time, Location, and Details.
Date Time Location Details
May 4th (Sat.) Approx. 2 pm Jogyesa Temple,
Bongeunsa Temple
Traditional Lantern
Approx. 5 pm Insa-dong's
Approx. 7 pm Jongno Street Lantern Parade
Approx. 9 pm Gwanghwamun Plaza Hoehyang
(Post Parade
Celebration) -
expected to end
at 11 pm
May 5th (Sun.) Approx. 2 pm Street in front of Jogyesa Temple Traditional Cultural
Events, Cultural
Approx. 5 pm Insadong Vicinity Dinner
Approx. 7 pm Insadong-gil Yeondeungnori
(Final Celebration)


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Directions Details
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03144  55 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  
Jonggak Station (subway line 1) exit 2, 10 min. on foot
Anguk Station (subway line 3) exit 6, 10 min. on foot