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Lotus Lantern Festival 2016

Namyangju, South Korea —

May is filled with exciting holidays and festivals in Korea. To name some: Canola and Rose Festivals, Children’s Day, Parents’ Day, Rose Day and Teachers’ Day.

Out of those several special occasions, we were able to visit Bongseonsa Temple (봉선사) for a religious festival. It was a good timing that our free time and Buddha’s birthday fell on the same date. Though it’s also not a good idea to go anywhere on the weekend or a holiday if one wants to avoid the crowd.


Upon arrival, plenty of Buddhist believers flocked the temple to celebrate that particular occasion, except us who just went out of curiosity. From the parking lot, we already heard chanting and drum beating. We didn’t go further in the worship hall instead, we just looked around the wide temple grounds and took pictures.


The temple is also famous for its lovely lotus flowers that fully blooms in July. We were fortunate enough to see several of them even though it was still early May.


Annyeong geobukki~


A closer look of lotus.

There was nothing much to do thus, we left after an hour of roaming around.


Address: 255 Bupyeong-ri, Jinjeop-eup, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do

Directions: At Seokgye Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit No. 1, take bus No. 73, and get off at Janghyun Elementary School / Daemyeong Apt. Take bus No. 2 and get off at the bus stop in front of Bongseonsa Temple.


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