Jinju lantern festival

Trip Start Oct 03, 2007
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Trip End Oct 12, 2008


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Saturday, October 13, 2007

It's easy to see why people get addicted to traveling.  Take one experience in an entire world full of experiences and try to duplicate it.  You'll never manage it - but you're sure to learn a lot in the process.

Simply put, the Jinju lantern festival is the coolest festival you've never been to.  I felt fortunate, grateful - as though the travel gods themselves had smiled upon me.  Only my second week in Korea and I was able to catch such a spectacular display.  I could tell you all about the atmosphere, the people, the small mom and pop run place where we spent the night - but I don't think I could even come close to doing any justice with words.  So instead, I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Enjoy...
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meaning
That's really fun. I went to the Jamaica Plain lantern festival this year. It was based off a Japanese tradition though, lanterns are sent out representing the souls of the dead, and prayers are offered.
Do you know what the festival means to South Koreans?

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Re: meaning
The floating lantern festival originated during the Japanese Invasion of 1592. With only 3,800 troops, Gen Kim Si-min's army killed 20,000, repelling the first invasion. Unfortunately, Jinju was finally captured. Lanterns were used to honor fallen troops and send military signals.

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