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Buddha's Birthday in South Korea

Lanterns and Parades


Buddha's birthday in South Korea is celebrated with a week-long festival that usually ends on the same day as Vesak Puja in other parts of Asia.
Buddha's Birthday Parade, South Korea

South Korean Buddhists prepare for a parade through Seoul to commemorate Buddha's birthday.

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Buddha's Birthday is the biggest Buddhist holiday in Korea. Throughout South Korea, city streets and temples are decorated with lanterns for the week-long celebration. In the evening of the first day, a gala lantern parade stretches for miles through the heart of Seoul.

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