Travel Photo Thursday — June 14, 2012 — Rockin’ on the ROK with Buddha

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Travel Photo Thursday, Uncategorized | 29 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. My mantra these days seems to be “I’m busy, I’m busy”. :) Final exams begin today, and by next Wednesday my semester grinds to a screeching halt. Can you see me doing a little jig here? :) This weeks photos are from Buddhas’s birthday bash in Seoul a few weeks ago. The Seoul Lantern Festival is one of the biggest festivals of the year in Seoul and in Korea. Festivities range over a period of about a week and range from lantern exhibits to dancing in the streets. These shots were taken at the Sunday market in front of Jogyesa Temple in downtown Seoul. Here, I found a bit of everything; ceremonies honoring Buddha, monks from around the world, dancing, and the list goes on. Buddha’s Birthday follows the lunar calendar, and this year fell on Monday, May 28th.
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Offerings to Buddha…Songpyeon; Korean rice cake… Offerings to Buddha…Songpyeon; Korean rice cake...

Offerings at Buddha's Birthday 2012
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Traditional hats…don’t you just love them?!

Celebrating Buddha's Birthday 2012 -- Beautiful Hats

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Lanterns at the entrance to Jogyesa Temple.

Lanterns...Entrance Jogyesa Temple, Seoul

This tree is directly in front of Joyyesa Temple, headquarters for Korea’s Zen Buddhists. I have taken many photos of the tree over the years. Look at the tree trunk carefully. Does it remind you of the Buddha?

Jogyesa Temple, Seoul

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More beautiful lanterns; This is why it’s called the Lantern Festival.

Lanterns, Jogyesa Temple, Seoul

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Peacefulness in the busy temple courtyard. The temple grounds were busy, but this shot would lead you to believe otherwise.

Monk, Jogyesa Temple, Seoul

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Fan dance rehearsal…My favorite traditional dance.

Fan Dance Rehearsal

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Fan Dance Rehearsal, Buddha's Birthday, Seoul 2012

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Monks from around the world were celebrating in Seoul.

Monks

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This is “THE” festival of the year in Seoul and Korea. The date changes every year (although almost always in May), so be sure to check the dates before you make your travel plans to attend next years Lantern Festival.

You can easily spend a weekend or more taking in the festivities, and everything is FREE!

Joygesa Temple

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29 Comments

  1. I really like these shots, probably my favorite of your TPT sets. I was in Daegu last year for about two weeks but unfortunately was too busy there to go elsewhere.
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  2. I would love to go to Korea just to see this festival in person. Such festivities and all those colorful lanterns would be wonderful to see in person. Those hats are great! Beautiful pictures, Nancie.
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  3. The photos are so beautiful and colourful! The lanterns are stunning – it must take ages to hang them all. My favourite photo is the one of the traditional hats. Are they painted or embroidered?

  4. Really love the colors of the lanterns. Your shot of the tree is enough to make me want to pack up and go there! But very nice suggestion to visit during the lantern festival. That’s something to look forward to next year.
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  5. What beautiful colors! Thank you for the virtual celebration.
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  6. Beautiful colors and details. I know your feeling as the semester closes…teaching is such a time-consuming job! :)

  7. Great photos and beautiful descriptions. Thank you Nancie, I want to visit Korea, probably next year, and this festival would be perfect for me. (^_^)
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  8. Wow, look at those colors! I love the shot of the tree in front of Joyyesa Temple. Best of luck on your exams, Nancie :-)
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  9. It is like the color is screaming life and fun and festivities. I like the contrast of the stairway and its calm appearance. Great series of shots Nancie. Hope life calms a bit for you in the near future.
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    • With all that was going on, the monk just looked so detached. That’s what monks do well, isn’t it?!

  10. Absolutely love those fans!
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  11. This looks like one festival worth seeing. Love your photos, Nancie.
    Now that you’ve been released from school, what will you do? I know: take more photos!

    • Have one more day of exams. Everything will be a wrap by Wednesday. I’m heading to Prague for a month, and then back to Korea for August. I’ll probably do some in country traveling.

  12. Thanks for the reminder. I missed Buddha’s birthday but, the guy still smiles !

    • I love your laughing Buddha, Mike! Welcome back!

  13. Yes, I can see the shape of Buddha in the tree. Very symbolic. Through your photos, Korea seems very bright and cheery.
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  14. your photos take me to Korea. Beautiful.

    • I’m glad you enjoy them. You’ll have to come back for a visit sometime.

  15. Love this round of pictures. The colors are beautiful. I think the tree is my favorite part. Beautiful!
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    • I was really happy with that shot of the tree. From that angle I think the trunk looks like Buddha!

  16. I am convinced that Asia is the most colorful continent on the planet! Nice Photos!

  17. I never cease to be amazed at these colorful festivals. And yes, I do love the traditional hats! Beautiful photos.
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  18. I love the first photo of the fan dance and the photo of the tree with the lanterns is gorgeous.
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  19. Been waiting for these photos! So lovely and colorful, as expected. My mantra in the past week has been extremely busy as well, to the point of crashing! In fact, I’m going to bed now so I can recover for TBEX tomorrow ;)
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  20. I love all the color you capture!!

    Have a great weekend!
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  21. Beautiful photos. Another place to add to my ‘must go to’ list!
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  22. I’ve been to Asia couple times – but never in Korea. Looking at those pictures I am wondering – how come? :) Definitely have to plan trip to Korea.
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  23. Can’t wait to see your photos of Prague! Have fun there.

  24. You’ve captured the festive atmosphere so wonderfully in this delightful series of shots, Nancie. Can’t wait to see what adventure you’ll be off on once the semester’s over!
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