I did not know that this festival existed and even less that it took place in this period. I was in Seoul for some other matter and it is really by chance that I’ve been in this neighborhood. The festival takes place below the boulevards in a canal (Cheonggyecheon) that was dug recently. When I lived in Seoul in 2005, the canal was under construction. More than a canal it is a promenade that allows you to instantly isolate from the noise of the city. On this canal stand several bridges including two ancient carved stone bridges. This lantern festival immediately brought to my mind the one of Aomori in northern Japan, where floats with warriors and giant illuminated chimeras parade: Nebuta Matsuri. In Seoul, lanterns depict historical scenes and folk tales. An unforgettable experience to share with a loved one!