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Lotus Lantern Festival

Dazzling lights adorn the streets of Seoul  연등회


To commemorate Buddha’s coming into this world, every year the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism hosts the extravagant Lotus Lantern Festival (May 15-17). The festival is one of the major annual celebrations that take place in the heart of Seoul, drawing together travelers and residents, believers and non-believers alike. All programs are very family-oriented and can be enjoyed by people of any age and background. The festival’s heading event is a lantern parade that showcases thousands of lights in various shapes and sizes. This year’s procession starts at Dongdaemun Gate and ends at Gwanghwamun Square. It’s not often that Jongno, the major thoroughfare of the city, is blocked for a parade, so don’t miss the chance to partake in this special celebration.

Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁


As the main royal residence of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), Gyeongbokgung Palace is a testament to the richness of Korea’s culture and architectural history. On select dates in the spring and fall the palace grounds are opened for public viewing during evening – an entirely different kind of experience from seeing the palace in daylight. This month, the royal monuments will be beautifully illuminated after dark from May 2 to 14 (7 PM to 9 PM).

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Seoul Friendship Fair 2015  2015 지구촌 나눔 한마당


What’s a more exciting way to spend the “Family Month” of May than taking your loved ones on a two-day journey around the world? Over 60 embassies and hundreds of international performers will be participating in this year’s Seoul Friendship Fair (May 2-3), helping turn the annual event into a truly multicultural experience. At the fair, visitors can enjoy traditional performances and craft folk art and savor exotic flavors from around the globe.

MMCA, Gwacheon

High culture in the suburbs  국립현대미술관 과천관


Surrounded by Seoul Grand Park in the city of Gwacheon, a suburb of Seoul, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Gwacheon, is the flagship campus of Korea’s national modern art museum system. Since opening in 1986 the museum has accumulated a rich collection of about 7,000 works of modern art created by prominent artists from both Korea and abroad. The museum also hosts three or four special exhibits a month, providing a good cross-section of local and global artistic trends.

One piece of work that should not be missed is “The More, the Better,” a pagoda created in 1988 by the late Korean video artist Paik Nam-june. The work, constructed of 1,003 television monitors stacked to a height of 22.8 meters, is housed in a special circular hall and is viewed from an ascending spiral ramp. The outdoor exhibit is also worth exploring, especially in warmer weather.

Olympic Park   올림픽 공원


Though Seoul’s many mountains provide an escape from the urban jungle of the capital, finding a large area of open green space in the city can be difficult. Fortunately, Olympic Park offers a vast meadow in which children can frolic freely, with grounds that include 1.5 square kilometers of grassland and many exquisitely themed gardens, as well as a lake. May and June are the prime times to see the flowers, particularly the roses, so take a visit before the summer heat hits them.

source: magazine.seoulselection.com