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Celebrating Buddha’s birthday festival in Seoul a travel highlight

Celebrating Buddha’s birthday festival in Seoul a travel highlight

Widely celebrated in many Asian countries, Buddha’s birthday festival in Seoul, South Korea, was one of the highlights of our visit there. We took part in temple celebrations, Buddha blessings and washings, were awed by colorful lanterns and candles, and attended parades. Here are our insider tips to make the most of your Seoul visit and enjoy Buddha’s birthday festival celebrations during your visit.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul delights the senses

Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul delights the senses

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza was opened in 2014 in Seoul, South Korea and serves as a multi-cultural center housing exhibitions, fashion shows, product launch shows, forums, conferences and various cultural events. It is also an amazing tourist attraction thanks to its LED rose garden and incredible architecture.

Best view of Seoul at Guksadang shrine on Mt. Inwang-san

Best view of Seoul at Guksadang shrine on Mt. Inwang-san

High above Seoul, nestled among the rocky crags of the city’s western mountain peak sits a shamanist shrine that remains off the typical tourist track of South Korea’s capital. The Guksadang shrine and the surrounding complex on Mt. Inwang-san offers the best view of Seoul — if you are willing to be a little adventurous.

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