Join This Splendid Display of Floating Lanterns Along Jinju Namgang this October

Friday, September 14, 2018

Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival will be taking place on 1 - 14 October
Jinju,a city known as the fountainhead of national culture and spirits. Many cultural events held in Jinju every year and among these are the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival which is held in October. 

Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival originates from the lantern lighting custom used during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese invasion, 1592) as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops from wading the Namgang River by alerting the troops in the fortress of potential invasion from the river. The lanterns were originally lit by people inside the fortress as a way to communicate with their family members outside but were gradually seen as a form of honoring the men of merit who died during the war.
photo source: Global Yudeung Official Website
Featuring diverse floating lantern lighting displays on the stream, this festival was selected as a global festival by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Visitors can make their own wish lanterns and send it downstream or even submit an entry to the most innovative lantern contest. Traditional lanterns from all over the world will be on display as well, but the festival's main draw is the simple beauty of thousands of lanterns lighting up the night.

Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival Details:
Period: 1 - 14 October 2018
Venue: Areas of Namgang River

  • Lighting ceremony
  • Floating lanterns on river
  • Hanging wish-lantern
  • Boat ride experience
  • Korea lantern exhibition
  • 1592 Jinju Fortress Lantern Exhibition

Official Website:
1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (available in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese)
Take an intercity bus to Jinju Intercity Bus Terminal (approximately 3 hours 30 minutes from Seoul by bus)

photo source: KTO Singapore, Global Yudeung Official Website

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