In Korea, Buddha’s birthday is celebrated with much fanfare and, most importantly, a day off of work! That weekend started off well with brunch with the girls at my favorite brunch spot: The Flying Pan White. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is cute and cozy.
After we stuffed our faces with brunch deliciousness, we headed over to Apgujeong for Mannam’s Sport’s Day. Mike’s basketball team hosted a tournament with teams coming in from all over Korea. You can read about it here.
Here’s a picture of us at the event. For some reason, I didn’t take any photos. It was a lot of fun, though.
Soon it was time to head over to Jongno to watch the Lantern Parade. These lanterns are handmade and renowned for their creativity. They were unbelievable. Most of them were simple and beautiful but a few of them were ornate. There were lanterns that were mechanized and others that were manually operated from the inside. Crazy!
The parade turned out to be pretty interesting. There were ladies in hanbok (Korean traditional clothing), men dressed as palace guards, and also some actual Buddhist monks in the parade. One of my favorites was the group that played drums and had special hats with a tassel that they spun. I can only imagine what a headache they had afterwards!
To watch more videos I have them in a playlist on youtube here. Be sure to check out the one with the dragon.