Travel Korean Lantern Festival in October 2013

Heading to South Korea in October?

lantern festival

Make Gyeongsangnam-do Jinju-si Namgang River area and Jinjuseong Fortress one of your must-go destinations as Korea celebrates the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival on the first half of  October, 2013.

☞ Period: October 1 – 14, 2013
☞ Venue: Gyeongsangnam-do Jinju-si Namgang River area and Jinjuseong Fortress
☞ For more on Jinju Namgang Yudeung (lantern) Festival, please go to:

What is it about?

Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival originates from the lantern lighting custom during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese invasion, 1592) as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops from wading through the Namgang River.

Highlights of the festival

  • Lighting ceremony
  • Floating Bridge of Love

bridge of love

Enjoy the enchanting glow of the lantern lights all over the river from the floating bridge on Namgang River. Don’t miss the breathtaking night view of Chokseongnu Pavilion of Jinjuseong Fortress located across the river.
Operating hours: 10:00-24:00 every day. *Time subject to change.

  • Korean lantern exhibition: A showcase of Korea’s traditions, culture, and folk games fill Jinjuseong Fortress and Namgang River. Come dusk when the lanterns are lit, scenes from the Jinjuseong Battle (fencing, martial arts on horseback, etc.) come to life in a gentle glow that warms the night.

lantern exhibition

  • World traditional lantern exhibition: Super-sized lanterns of landmarks, animals, customs, and traditions representing 30 different countries – the Statue of Liberty (USA), the Sphinx (Egypt), a kangaroo (Australia), the Trojan horse (Turkey), and a windmill (Holland) – float along the river in an eye-catching display.
  • traditional crafted lantern exhibition
  • hanging wish-lantern
  • Ferry on Namgang River

ferry on namgang riverTake a closer look at the lanterns of Namgang River as you ride along in style. On the ferry, a Korean Culture & Tourism Guide (Korean only) will explain more about the history of Jinju and the lanterns.

Hands-on Activities

Creative lantern making, lantern making and set on afloat on the river

Make your own lantern and write a wish on it. Then light up your handiwork and send it gliding down Namgang River to carry your dreams into reality.
Operating hours: 6pm-11pm daily. *Time subject to change.

hands on lantern

Other possible activities to explore in Jinju

Jinju area

In the day, visit Chokseongnu Pavilion and the Jinju National Museum located inside the fortress.

At sunset, check out the lanterns and the hands-on festival experience programs just outside the fortress walls. Admission to Jinjuseong Fortress and Chokseongnu Pavilion is free during the festival.

Local specialties of Jinju: Broiled eel. Visit one of the riverside restaurants outside Jinjuseong Fortress to have a taste.

Plan a one-night, two-day stay in Jinju; there is a variety of accommodation options such as inns, which are 10 minutes away from festival grounds by foot. Bus terminals such as the Jinju Express Bus Terminal (5 minutes away) and Jinju Intercity Bus Terminal (10 minutes away on foot) are located close to festival grounds too.

Subsidiary Events

  • Fireworks
  • Namgaram Get-Together (outdoor performance)
  • lantern phototaking
  • local traditional food & specialty shops

How to get there?

  • Take an intercity bus to Jinju Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Exit the terminal towards the river.
  • Turn right, and walk for 5 minutes to arrive at the festival site

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Pictures: Courtesy of KTO

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