Hope comes in many hues

Jogyesa Temple in Seoul transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour to mark the birthday of Buddha yesterday.

Visitors wrote down their wishes on paper tags, which were then hung on lanterns in the temple complex.

Buddha's birthday is an important holiday in South Korea, and the celebrations started about a week earlier, with Yeon Deung Hoe or Lotus Lantern Festival and parade on May 12.

Although the festival has its roots in religion, it has turned into a cultural festival for everyone in South Korea.

It boasts the largest number of visitors as well as the one of the highest number of volunteers among all Korean festivals.

Last year, more than 50,000 volunteers and 300,000 native Korean and 30,000 foreign visitors took part in the revelry.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2018, with the headline 'Hope comes in many hues'. Print Edition | Subscribe