The Seoul Lantern Festival is one of those events that I felt was a "must see" while here in Korea. I managed to be by the Cheonggyecheon Stream on a Thursday night, so the crowds were not too bad, and snapped as many pictures as my phone battery could handle - enjoy the tour!
I started on the East end of the stream, after exiting Jongno 3-ga Station on Line 1, which had the modern artist exhibits of light and lantern.
This next one used x-rays from the artist's body after a car accident:
And - a two-headed duck.
Then came the Cartoon Characters Exhibit:
There was a section underneath a bridge with LED lights:
This was a Christmas tree made of beer glasses and lights that danced to
Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You".
These are the characters of a popular kid's show called "Larvae"...
Then came the National Themed Lanterns:
A wall decoration along the stream.
Lady Liberty made an appearance.
I loved this next section with tons of fish lanterns - it looked like they were jumping upstream.
In another area beneath a bridge, there was a display of mini-lanterns and tables for craft activities.
The next one is a model of this year's special lantern (picture at the end of this post).
A large hanok lantern with special message tiles from attendees.
And the last section was of Seoul City Themed lanterns:
Small hanji lanterns (traditional paper) were available for purchase - I now have peach flower lantern in my collection of souvenirs.
I had actually seen the next portion of this during the daytime on a previous trip:
It was nice to see the difference in the lit lanterns:
Depiction of Munmu - a dance performed by civil officers during the Jongmyo Jeryea ceremony.
The musician lanterns were beautiful and music was playing nearby.
And the final (or first) lantern on the tour.