Lately, Travelsuras has been all about Buddha. Discovering the traditions of Buddhism in Korea has been one of the things I’ve loved most about living in South Korea this past year. It’s interesting to see how religion has such a powerful effect on society and a countries overall culture.
It’s important to note that Korean Buddhism is quite distinct from other forms of Buddhism. Although the fundamental principals are the same, they’re also mixed in Shamanism and other elements that attempt to fill in the gaps of inconsistency believed to be found in Mahayana Buddhism.
It’s still such an unknown religion to me in so many ways. The more I learn, the more I find myself scrunching my brow because I don’t entirely get it. Buddha’s birthday and the general spring season are two big reasons to celebrate Korean Buddhism. I’ve been taking advantage of the opportunity by attending as many events as possible, from Buddha’s birthday at the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple to the Busan Lotus Lantern Festival, which was one of the most surprising and interesting experiences I’ve had so far.
The day was filled with traditional dancing, lantern making, dancers, and drummers. The main events, which was the opening event for the entire month of the festival, was all about the ceremony. The best part were the lanterns created to look like lotuses and the floats the detailed floats that lined the park.
Without further ado, I present some of my favorite pictures from the day. I know I wrote a post last week reviewing the festival and everything we did on this magical day, but I couldn’t resist sharing these moments in time with you. It was just too colorful!
Have you ever attended a lantern festival? What was it like?
Beautiful Dancers & Powerful Drummers
Korea & Buddhism