Things to Know about the 2021 Seoul Lantern Festival

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2021 Seoul Lantern Festival is coming and here are the new things to know about the festival this coming November 26.

Every November of each year, Seoul celebrates the lightning of lanterns which brightens the dark. This festival is called Seoul Lantern Festival (서울빛초롱축제). The first time I’ve seen the festival was in 2016 and I never thought that it was really famous to locals and even foreigners.

What is Seoul Lantern Festival?

The Seoul Lantern Festival (서울빛초롱축제) is a festival held every November with different themes in Seoul which started in 2009. Every year this festival there are about 3 million visitors who come and join the Seoul Lantern Festival. I can say that it’s the best lantern festival experience ever.

There are hundreds of beautiful and colorful lanterns lighted with LEDs displayed in the longest stream in Seoul, the Cheonggyecheon (from Cheonggye Plaza to Supyo Bridge).

Last year, the festival was held in Seoul’s Special Tourist Zones like Itaewon, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, and Jamsil.

READ: 2021 Yeongdeungpo Spring Flower Festival

2021 Seoul Lantern Festival

This year, the Seoul Tourism Organization prepared new things about the 2021 Seoul Lantern Festival which will run from November 26 to December 5.

To convey, healing to citizens tired of COVID-19, it will be held under the theme of ‘Forest of Healing, colors of the Seoul’. It’s aiming to heal and give peace to everyone who is suffering from this pandemic. Sharing hope to all that everything will be all right.

Event Name: 2021 Seoul Lantern Festival

Event Period:
November 26 (Friday) to December 5 (Sunday), 2021

Operating Hours:
Online (continuous)
Offline: 5:00pm to 9:00 pm

Event Place:
Online (AR Exhibition, www.stolantern.com)
Offline: Cheonggyecheon Stream

Event Theme: Forest of Healing, the colors of Seoul

Organized by: Seoul Tourism Organization

Sponsored by: Seoul Metropolitan Government

Online Exhibit Guidelines

AR Hanji Lanterns

This year, there are 10 different kinds of AR Lanterns that will be featured including the winning piece from the 2021 Seoul Lantern Festival ‘Hanji Lantern Design Contest‘.

Where to watch the Online Exhibit?

You may check the 2021 Seoul Lantern Festival online exhibit from the links below.

Category Platform
Video Youtube
Online Exhibit Official Website
AR Exhibit AR Exhibit Website

For more details about the 2021 Seoul Lantern Festival, you may visit their official Instagram account @seoullanternfestival.

Offline Exhibit Guidelines

The festival is available at Cheonggyecheon stream from 5:00 to 9:00 in the evening from November 26 to December 5.

Reminder to all our friends! Please follow social distancing and wear your masks.

How to get there?

Take the subway going to Jongno 3-ga or Jonggak (line 1) or Euljiro-1 or Euljiro-3 (Line 2) and take the exit going to Cheonggye Plaza

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※ Festival scheduling and content may be subject to change to observe all COVID-19 measures and guidelines.

Xoxo, Hyejin 

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  1. Much awaited and excitingly awesome! This is a on great event that we shouldn’t missed! I’m looking forward to see this! It’ll be fun and enjoyable

  2. Wow tlga nman ang saya mkapanood ng mga ganitong festival , sure na tlgang maganda ang lantern festival na to ❤️😍

  3. So exciting The Seoul Lantern Festivals 2021.
    Tha k you for sharing this detailed information.
    This will surely help to those interested to watch this Seoul Lantern Festival🤗

  4. Great experience yung ma kapag attend ng
    Seoul Lantern festival 🎎 event Ms. Abby thank you for sharing detailed information po very informative 💯.

  5. If only traveling now a days is just like before… I am curious about Seoul Lantern Festival. I am sure this event is so colorful and magical especially at night. Truly a photographer’s paradise!

  6. aww this is soo special! I wish we could experience something as beautiful as this. i remember merong kind of similar sa ilo ilo nun nandun kami right before the lockdown last year but not really lantern, mas christmas lights-ish.. this would be an awesome moment to experience!

  7. I like celebrating the lantern festival, it is so meaning and a great way to keep remembering the tradition. Especially, who would say no to witness these gorgeous and artistic lantern designs?!

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