How to celebrate Valentine’s day(s) like a Korean

Tomorrow (February 14th) is the well-known Valentine’s day, day for loving people ?. Well, do you know how Korean people celebrate this day? Do they also give their beloved chocolates or roses?

That would be too boring for the “crazy” Korean folks, right ?? Indeed… That’s why they don’t celebrate the day for loving couple only once per year, but once per month ?. That means 12 Valentine’s days a year! But how? Let’s check it out!

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Buyeo Lotus festival 2018 – 부여

Earlier (around 2nd c. BC till mid. 4th c. AC) Buyeo was a small Kingdom in the west of Korea. Later on (538-660 AC) it became the capital of Baekje – one of the there Korean Kingdoms. Today, Buyeo is a county in South-Chungcheong-Province, which locates approx. 300km in the south of Seoul.

In every July, a Lotus festival is held here, at the Gungnamji pond. Beside the pretty flowers, wonderful smell, you will find a lot of interesting activities as well as tasty food here.

Buyeo Lotus Festival 2018, Lotus, July's festival
Lotus ponds are everywhere

Buyeo Lotus Festival 2018, Lotus, July's festival
Lotus

Buyeo Lotus Festival 2018, Lotus, July's festival
Wonderful lotus

Buyeo Lotus Festival 2018, Lotus, July's festival
Also sunflowers…

Buyeo Lotus Festival 2018, Lotus, July's festival
and water lilies

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For further information please visit the Visit Korea Homepage.

May – the Month of festival in Seoul

Since we’ve arrived in Seoul beginning of May, we found out that there were always festivals during the weekend somewhere in the city. It began with the Lantern exhibition on the Cheonggyecheon stream on May 5th.

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Followed by the Parents’ day on May 8th, on which you could see beautiful carnations being sold everywhere.

Parents day, Seoul

Then it was the Lotus lantern festival with the wonderful parade in the rain on May 12th.

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During last weekend, the romantic Rose festival took place on the riverbanks of Jungnangcheon.

Rosenfest

And this week, musician and music lovers from everywhere also came to Seoul to join the Seoul Drum Festival.

trommel, seoul

May is really a lively month to have a new beginning in Seoul!

 

 

How the Lotus Lantern Festival Yeon Deung Hoe 2018 ended [Seoul]

As already mentioned in my post about “Get ready for Buddha’s birthday”, the Lotus Lantern Festival has already taken place during the last weekend.

Before it started, also in Jogyesa temple, one of the most important buddhistish temple in Korea, everyone was busy making and hänging the colorful lanterns. So beautiful…

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Get ready for Buddha’s birthday [Seoul]

If you visit Seoul during the upcoming weekend (May 11th until 13th), you will have a great chance to join one of the Korean traditional and most colorful festival there – the Lotus Lantern Festival. This is to celebrate Buddha’s birthday on April 8th by Lunar Calendar (May 22nd 2018).

Since yesterday, visitors can already enjoy the first laterns on Cheonggyecheon stream.

Looking forward so much to the Celebration!