Many people within and outside Korea find that it is a conservative country. The majority of Korean people can identify themselves as atheist, Christian, or Buddhist. Without a doubt, one can feel and experience the Buddhist influence in Korea. Although I am not Buddhist, I still am able to enjoy the architecture of the many temples that can be found around Seoul. Another way that I enjoy experiencing the Buddhist culture while teaching in Korea is through their various holidays and celebrations such as Buddha's birthday.Read More
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Last week, I posted part one of my blogs on the annual Lotus Lantern Festival, thrown in honor of Buddha's Birthday in Seoul. After we spent some time last weekend walking around Jogyesa and taking billions of photos of the lanterns, it was time for my favorite part of the festival: the Lantern Parade.
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Every spring, in honor of Buddha's birthday, Korea throws my favorite of all its festivals: Yeon Deung Hoe (연등회), or the Lotus Lantern Festival. It runs for almost an entire month, with the best festivities happening on one weekend. This past Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th, was that particular weekend, so some fellow English teachers and I headed into Seoul to enjoy the gorgeous sights.
For the long weekend due to Buddha's Birthday, several other English teachers and I went to Busan, which is the second largest city in Korea and 4 hours south of Seoul. It's known for its warmer climate and beaches!! We had an amazing time sightseeing and relaxing. Instead of just telling you about the highlights, let me show you as well: