Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Lotus Lantern Parade, Gangnam Style!
More than a week ago, on May 16, the very colorful and very extravagant lotus lantern parade rolled through the streets of Seoul.
I opted not to join the thousands lining up along those crowded Jongno streets that day. I decided to watch the parade as it rolled out from where it started, the Dongkuk University stadium.
But last Monday evening, on Buddha's actual birthday, a holiday in Korea, I went to the Gangnam Station area with coffee and stretching my legs in mind.
And as I was for scouting a good coffee shop, I saw a couple of traffic enforcers blowing their whistles in the middle of the main intersection, which meant just one thing: something was going on, or going through.
My curiosity lead me towards the intersection.
And there it was. Big lanterns glowing while being towed by cars followed by participants making a U-turn from Exit 2 to Exit 7 of the Gangnam Station. I realized, this was a mini-lotus lantern parade! And it was not happening in Jongno! It was happening in Gangnam! It's a lotus lantern parade, Gangnam-style!
Although it wasn't as long as the one in Jongno, and there weren't as many participants, but it's still a parade.
So, I guess, next year, in case you miss the lotus lantern parade in the Jongno District, we now know where to catch the next one.