Workshop Trip Part 2!! Jinju Lantern Festival: the Night Adventure

Josh and I are fortunate enough to work for employers that really want us to be happy and enjoy Korea! So, for part 2 of the bi-yearly workshop trip all the staff was taken to the Jinju Lantern Festival. And yes it was as great as it sounds!! After eating way too much food at a Korean BBQ buffet we went down to the river to enjoy all the Jinju Lantern Festival had to offer!

Enjoying dinner

Enjoying dinner

Much food was eaten and the drinks flowed freely...successful dinner!

Much food was eaten and the drinks flowed freely…successful dinner!

**Really cool side note, apparently my grandfather’s family originates from Jinju**

At the Lantern Festival there are large lanterns made from the Korean hangi paper everywhere….there are some around the grounds, in the river and in large walkways where you walk down a tunnel filled with lanterns. It was a great experience!!

Inside one of the lantern tunnels....the lighting in here was amazing!! Stay tuned in the next blog post you get to see what this tunnel looks like in the day time :)

Inside one of the lantern tunnels….the lighting in here was amazing!! Stay tuned in the next blog post you get to see what this tunnel looks like in the day time ­čÖé

To start off with it is my personal rule that when at a lantern festival you must wear something lighted on your head, so my coworkers and I (the females) all bought bows to wear.

When at a lantern festival it is mandatory to wear a lighted bow on your head

When at a lantern festival it is mandatory to wear a lighted bow on your head

Lantern Festival selfie

Lantern Festival selfie

We then walked through this garden walkway that was filled with various lanterns. Most of them were traditional Korean masks and folk figures. It was kind of spooky and to be walking in a foresty area where there were so many masks but it really reminded me of Halloween.

Entrance to a garden walkway with larger lanters

Entrance to a garden walkway with larger lanters

Just some of the lanterns in the garden walkway...it was hard to pick which ones to take pictures of because they were all so striking

Just some of the lanterns in the garden walkway…it was hard to pick which ones to take pictures of because they were all so striking

Large figure lantern

Large figure lantern

On top of this as you might expect there are lanterns everywhere, all sizes and shapes both in and out of the water! I think that if you had to choose one option then definitely opt for going to the festival at night.

One of the larger lanterns

One of the larger lanterns

Some of the many lanterns

Some of the many lanterns

Yeah, Josh totally won this fight

Yeah, Josh totally won this fight

Large lanterns on the river

Large lanterns on the river

Small lanterns in the river

Small lanterns in the river

To get back and forth both sides of the river the organizers of the lantern festival built two bridges to get attendees to and from both sides of the river. The bridges were built of large plastic tubs that floated on the water.

One of the lighted walkways on the water

One of the lighted walkways on the water

Another water bridge that transports you from one side of the river to the other

Another water bridge that transports you from one side of the river to the other

The river sides are both filled with booths of shopping, food and games…oh and lots of lights and lanterns. Josh and I were pretty pleased to score some really good deals at the festival (and yes one of them was the tote bag I’m holding above…super cute).

Enjoying the lanterns

Enjoying the lanterns

Needless to say Josh and I both really enjoyed the Jinju Lantern Festival and would recommend it to anyone in Korea in October!!

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