In celebration of Buddha’s Birthday, many lantern festivals are held across Korea. However, the biggest mass release of lanterns is held in Daegu, Korea. The Dalgubeol Lantern Festival is a magical event to witness.
The lantern festival is preceded by the hanging of lotus-shaped lanterns across Daegu for several weeks and officially kicks off with the lighting ceremony.
The lantern festival was held on the 22nd of April this year. However, the date of the festival changes each year.
The festival is held in Duryu Park in Daegu, Korea. Daegu is easily accessed from Seoul by both train and bus. The train is easily pre-booked by foreigners, and the schedule and prices can be found on the Korail website.
The streets are quite crowded, and it is advised to take public transport.
How to Buy
Tickets are listed beforehand here.
Preregistration is required, and tickets sell out fast!
Watching the lanterns float into the sky is an amazing feeling. We wrote our wishes, hopes, and dreams on the lantern beforehand. This year I wished for gratitude for the little things, mindfulness, epic travel adventures, and a little more peace in the world. The lantern is also a metaphor for releasing the negative and letting the positive light in life shine.
I’ve been making an effort to let go of the toxic and negative forces and emotions in my life, so the lantern festival was incredibly powerful for me.
I’ve been lucky to witness two lantern festivals in my 25 years! Check out the magical Yi Ping Lantern Festival in Thailand!