Parols light up Seoul Lantern Festival

by Cathy Rose A. Garcia,

Posted at Nov 14 2012 12:19 PM | Updated as of Nov 15 2012 01:08 AM

Colorful Korean lanterns are seen along Cheonggye stream in downtown Seoul. / Photos courtesy of Philippine Department of Tourism in Seoul

MANILA, Philippines - Parols from the Philippines are lighting up Cheonggye stream in downtown Seoul.

Around 100 capiz lanterns made in Pampanga were brought by the Philippine Department of Tourism to the South Korean capital for the annual Seoul Lantern Festival.

Thousands of visitors have flocked to the Seoul Lantern Festival, which showcases lanterns made by local and international artists.

This is the third year in a row the Philippine lanterns are being showcased at the festival.

A lantern of a Filipino child wearing a barong Tagalog is seen at the Seoul Lantern Festival.

The festival's theme for this year is ""Seoul's Roots, the Lifestyles of Our Ancestors", which highlights the capital's history and traditions. Colorful lanterns, which are made of Korean paper called "hanji", depict the achievements of King Sejong the Great and daily life in ancient Seoul.

Aside from the Philippine parols, there are also lanterns from Singapore, Japan and other countries at the festival.

The lanterns are lit every day from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. until November 18 (Sunday).

Around 100 parols from Pampanga are displayed at the Seoul Lantern Festival.