Monday, 28 April 2014

Lantern Festival for Buddha's Birthday: Insadong, Jogyesa Temple and Cheonggyecheon Stream

Cuteinkorea just did a major post on Artbox. I love Artbox! I spent so much money in my first year on this shop! I went today (Hongdae) to get some small gifts for friends back home. 

This is Insadong during Buddha's Birthday.

I crossed the road, then realised I was going the wrong way and had to turn back.
So... across the street, there was a crowd of people watching a man blow big bubbles. I tried to take a picture of it but you'll have to look closely to see. It's above the red car...... in between the yellow and pink lantern...... Anyway, this is Insadong from across the road. 

Cross and go down the street to the right to find Jogyesa Temple. But I think it's best during Buddha's Birthday.

This area was really cool. There were tents set up down the street (and the street was blocked off from traffic). In tents (wait? They were open tents..? I don't know the correct term) people could make their own lanterns or miniature sheep or tiny traditional Korean shoes. I came near the end so I missed out. It was hard to refrain myself from buying lanterns. I wanted to buy so many! 

Le Petit Prince 

I got sidetracked and spotted this cute little Italian restaurant.

This was what drew my attention.

Jogyesa Temple

Again, there were signs saying not to take pictures of the insides. But you should be able to spot at least one big golden Buddha. There's three inside.

They look like the paper origami stars.

I love this! 

So preeeeetty!

Ahead is roughly where Gyeongbukgung palace is. 
But I turned right for Insadong/ Anguk station.

Insadong. No more bubbles...


I went to Gwangwhamun Station, exit 5 to Cheonggyecheon Stream. 

Again, one of those moments where you have to be there in person.

People throw coins in the middle and I assume they make a wish. Also the fence above is covered in yellow ribbons to show condolences over the Sewol ferry tragedy
Later I found a big group of people with candles lit. It's a calamity in Korea.

I love walking along those rocks.

I love Cheonggyecheon Stream.

This was from Jogyesa Temple.

Cheonggyecheon Stream.