Yeon Deung Hoe (燃燈會), Lotus Lantern Festival

The traditional festival that lightens the minds of people and the world! The festivity that connects everyone! We would like to invite you all to Yeon Deung Hoe, a thousand years of exquisite and entertaining occasion.

The festival has a long tradition of more than 1,200 years and is an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and  Korea’s National Intangible Cultural Heritage.  It boasts the largest number of visitors of more than 300,000 native Korean and 50,000 foreign visitors at the festival.


  • Period : 19 – 21st May, 2023
  • Venue : the entire Jongno street
  • Programs
    – Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns
    – Buddhist Cheer Rally
    – Lantern Parade
    – Post-Parade Celebration
    – Traditional Cultural Events
    – Final Celebration
    – Buddha’s Birthday Dharma Ceremony

    Title Time Place
    Exhibition of
    Traditional Lanterns
    11(Thur.) May ~ 28(Sun) May, 2023 Gwanghwamun Square, Jogye-sa Temple, Bongeun-sa Temple
    (Buddhist Cheer Rally)
    May 20(Sat) 4:30~6:00pm, 2023 Dongguk
    University Stadium
    Lantern Parade May 20(Sat) 7:00~9:30pm, 2023 Jongno Street
    (Heunginjimun to
    Jogye-sa Temple)
    Daedong Hanmadang (Post-Parade Celebration) May 20(Sat) 9:30~11:00pm, 2023 Jonggak Intersection
    Traditional Cultural Events May 21(Sun) Noon~6:00pm, 2023 Street in front of
    Jogye-sa Temple
    Cultural Performances May 21(Sun) Noon~6:00pm, 2023 Street in front of
    Jogye-sa Temple
    (Final Celebration)
    May 21(Sun) 7:00~9:00pm, 2023 Street in front of
    Jogye-sa Temple
    Buddha’s Birthday Dharma Ceremony May 27(Sat) 10:00am, 2023 Every temples and
    all around Korea

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19 - 21 May, 2023