Curry Crazy in Seoul and Belated Buddha’s Birthday Lanterns

Sometimes it feels like there are just way too many things to do in Seoul.  I actually really miss just being bored, and having time to laze around doing nothing but reading, listening to music, and staring off into space.  Spending a weekend indoors just seems like such a waste now that the subway’s a skip away and there are so many places to go, things to see, and (most importantly) yummy stuff to eat!  Anyway, last weekend marked my favorite Korean holiday: Buddha’s Birthday!  And this year I finally managed to catch the Lotus Lantern Parade~!

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Buddha’s Birthday 2014

Last year, we spent Buddha’s Birthday at Haedong Yonggungsa, a seaside temple in Busan.  (Click here to check out the post!)  It was an unforgettable experience, with the smell of incense combining with the scents of sea, and the sight of the brightly-colored lanterns hanging against the rocky coastline.  This year, we spent Buddha’s Birthday in the midst of the bustling city, at Jogyesa Temple in Insadong.

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Buddha’s Birthday in Busan!

So a couple weeks ago we had an awesome three-day weekend in S.Korea’s second-largest city, Busan, which is a convenient 40 minute train ride away from us!  The reason for the three-day weekend was Buddha’s Birthday, which meant that the city was decked out in bright, paper lanterns for a few weeks.

Before heading to Busan, we visited the temple closest to us: Junggwangsa.

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