Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lantern Festival to Transform Cheonggye Stream into Blaze of Light

Cheonggye Stream will light up with 30,000 lanterns from Friday evening as the 2011 Seoul Lantern Festival kicks off, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on Thursday.

The festival features various types of lanterns, from traditional to modern, domestic and foreign, including many shaped like famous cartoon characters from around the world. This year the venue will be a 1.3 km stretch of road from Cheonggye Plaza to Jongno 3-ga, 1.5 times larger than last year.

On Friday, each lantern will be turned on in succession, heralding the start of the festival. They will light up the night sky from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Nov. 20, so visitors can enjoy a piece of living Koreana while strolling along the stream. For further information, visit

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