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