It is Buddha’s Birthday 부처님 오신날 [Read:Puchonim-osin-nal] tomorrow. South Koreans are celebrating a long weekend as it falls on a Monday. No Monday blues and we are one day nearer to another weekend 🙂 Buddha’s Birthday festival is a gala annual festival widely celebrated in all Buddhist temples in Korea every April 8th on the lunar calendar (usually translates into April or May). The day also corresponds to two weeks or one prior to the start of the summer holiday. (YAY!) On this occasion, paper lanterns are strung around all the shrines, and within the temple in series of rows at the central courtyard.
Here are some pictures taken last year during my Spring visit to Songgwang-sa Temple in Suncheon. You can check out more about my Suncheon write-ups and itineraries here. Expect elaborate rituals in the temples, especially the bigger and famous ones. It is a tradition that rows and rows of lanterns are to be pulled out for this annual festival each year, making the mountain trail to the temple picturesque, yet at the same time spiritual and solemn.
12 Sinpyeong-ri, Songgwang-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
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