Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lotus Lantern Festival

Drew and I have moved to the Hangul House next to Gyeongbokgung.  It’s a cute little guesthouse, and our room is the complete opposite of our room at the Ramada.  It’s tiny; smaller than a dorm room, with just two pallets on the floor for sleeping.  But both Drew and I are really keen on our little room—it’s cozy and very Korean.

This weekend is the Lotus Lantern Festival, celebrating Buddha’s birthday.  Drew and I wandered around this evening, and stumbled upon the giant lantern parade.  It was the biggest parade I’ve ever seen—like the size of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade! We were amazed that there were so many people in the crowd watching, because it seemed like the greater Seoul population was participating in the parade.  Watching from a stationary spot, it had to be at least 2 hours from the start of the parade to the tail.  It was great to see the festival in person, especially since I did so much research on it for the wedding. 

It is 10:57 pm right now, and I just realized that today is Saturday.  I’ve been going around all day thinking it’s Friday. I forgot that we lost a day in transit.  Oops.  Well, this means we get to see Gayoung tomorrow instead of two days from now!