Friday 17th May was a public holiday for South Korea as this was Buddha’s birthday. Koreans know it as 석가탄신일(Seokga tansinil), meaning “Buddha’s birthday” or 부처님 오신 날 (Bucheonim osin nal) meaning “the day when the Buddha came”.
Buddhism is one of the main religions here in the ROK so this day is a very important and special one for many people here. Lotus lanterns line the streets for most of the month and every city will have a festival of some sort to celebrate this day. This is one of the best times to visit a temple as they look even more magnificent when they are decorated with many colours and lights from these lanterns.
According to Buddhist beliefs, lanterns symbolise wisdom in that they bring light to the world. “Yeondeung”, which means lighting lantern, is an important ritual in Buddhism as it gives respect to the Buddha.
For the first time, I was able to attend a local lantern festival here in Gunsan at Eunjeoksa temple (one of the oldest temples in the city). It is located at the foot of Wolmyeong mountain. Here, I was able to witness and partake in the Buddhist rituals to honour Buddha.
Thought it’s time to finally share what my new apartment looks like. We’ve just recently gotten a couch so it’s more homely now. This has definitely been a massive upgrade from my little box last year.
Also, the name of my apartment building translates to Richville.
We finally got a new couch! This is from the awesome second hand store down the road from us. Only 90,000 won with free delivery. The ends can be taken off so it can turn into a massive bed too.
This is my room and all my junk.
Spare room which also acts as our closet space.
Kitchen and entrance way. (excuse the mess)