The Seoul Lantern Festival began in 2009 to kick start the Korean Government’s VISITKOREA 2010 – 2012 plan to attract more visitors to Korea. The Seoul Lantern Festival proved to be very popular and is now held every year in November along the Cheonggyecheon stream. The festival attracts over 2 million people during the 2 weeks that it’s on. Each year there is a different theme which lanterns are created for. In 2011 the theme is “Stories of Seoul’s Past through Lanterns”. There will be lanterns depicting the history of Seoul. For children there will be lanterns of famous superheroes along with lanterns from around the world. In total there are expected to be over 20,000 lanterns.
Seoul Lantern Festival 2011 Time and Date:
The festival will be held from November 4th to November 20th. The festival lanterns are there all day but really look spectacular when lit up at night. At the weekends there are many things to do with the family.
How to get to the Seoul Lantern Festival 2011:
The festival is held along the Cheonggyecheon stream but the main starting point is Cheonggye Plaza. Cheonggye Plaza is the starting point of the stream and a concert and other events will be held here. To get to Cheonggye Plaza take line 5 to Gwanghwamun station and leave exit 5. It is also within walking distance from City Hall station and other stations in the area. Look at the map below for the nearest station.
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