Jingu Lantern Festival 2012

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I’m a little behind on the blog and I need to catch up so I’m going to post about a few things that happened a few weeks ago…apologies about the late update, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading about it a little bit just the same. :)

We heard about a Lantern Festival from some people at work and decided to check it out. Our friend, Laura, was here on a business trip from Houston so we brought her with us so we could all have a Korean cultural experience together. The festival was in Jingu which is about an hour and a half away from our apartment in Geoje so we drove there in our little red car. We found a parking spot and followed the crowd to the festival. When we got there, we didn’t see any lanterns and saw signs for the “Drama Festival” – we thought we must have followed the wrong Korean signs to the wrong Korean festival. Regardless, we kept walking and hoped that we would find the right place. Luckily for us, we found some other expats who clearly knew their way and they told us to keep walking and we would knew when we had hit the lantern festival. And just as they predicted…we knew exactly when we got to the festival…

Start of the Jingu Lantern Festival – notice the floating lanterns in the background

There was a place where you could make your own lanterns with wishes and put them out in the water. Laura and I made some and set them out into the water – let’s hope they come true! :)

There were tons of lanterns floating in the water – it appeared to have several different themes…one of them was countries – there was a lantern for each country (George Washington was representing the US  -good choice, Korea!) and then there were lanterns of characters on the other side of the water.

The Korean one at the top left was really funny – the 1 flashed on and off; we thought it was a good use of a current event with the Korean Olympic fencer…can you guess the other 3 countries?? :)

These lanterns were such a flashback…I used to LOVE this show! :)

Afterwards, we walked up to the Jingu fortress and it was filled with lanterns depicting entire villages. It was really a site to be seen!

Lanterns in the fortress depicting a typical Korean fortress – pretty crazy how many there were!

We weren’t quite sure what to expect at the Korean lantern festival but it turned out to be a great evening and a good dose of Korean culture! :)

Last look at all of the floating lanterns on the water before we headed home

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