Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival (May 3rd – 12, 2019) is originally a Buddhist event celebrated the week before the birth of Buddha. Now, it is only a cultural event that Koreans come to celebrate all together, no matter what their religious background. Each year, the festivities are featuring lantern parades, traditional lanterns displays, traditional cultural events, and performances, Buddhist cheer rally, lotus lantern making events, etc.
Traditional Lantern Displays: May 3rd – 12th, 2019 at Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple and Cheonggyecheon Stream
Buddhist Cheer Rally: May 4th, 2019. From 4:30 pm to 6 pm at Dongguk University Stadium.
Lantern Parade: May 4th, 2019. From 7 pm to 9:30 pm. The parade is happening at Jongno Street, starting from Dongdaemun Gate to Jogyesa Temple.
Post-Parade Celebration: May 4, 2019. From 9:30 pm to 11 pm at Jonggak Intersection.
Traditional Cultural Events: May 5, 2019. From 12 pm to 7 pm. The events are located in the street in front of Jogyesa Temple.
Cultural Performances: May 5, 2019. From 12 pm to 6 pm at the stage in front of Jogyesa Temple.
Final Celebration (parade): May 5, 2019. From 7 pm to 9 pm starting from Jogyesa Temple and going through Insa-dong.
For more details on the parades’ pathways, check the website linked above.
Jogyesa Temple: 55 Ujeongguk-ro, Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul / Jonggak Station (line 1, exit 2) or Anguk Station (line 3, exit 6).
Bogeunsa Temple: 531 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul / Samseong Station (line 2, exit 6).
Cheonggyecheon Stream: 148 Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul / Gwanghwamun Station (line 5, exit 5)
Donguk University Stadium: 30 Pildong-ro 1-gil, Jangchungdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul / Dongguk University Station (line 3, exit 6).