Celebrated annually in November, this two-week festival creates a magical atmosphere along the Cheonggyecheon Stream (between the Cheonggye Plaza and Gwansugyo bridge) in the centre of Seoul. Hundreds of thousands of unique lanterns are placed along the stream, telling the stories of the city, bridging the past and the future. Each year organisers choose a new theme of the festival. Guests can also purchase wish lanterns and hang them under the bridges or release them into the stream to make their wishes come true.
Organisers give some tips on how to take the most out of the Lantern Festival, such as checking the entry and exit points before heading to the stream, planning around one hour per section, come between 5 and 11 p.m., and visiting nearby attractions—City Hall, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and Gwanghwamun Square.