This weekend is a four-day holiday here in Busan, which is super-rare in Korea because Koreans tend not to take vacations that often. As I was telling my sister this morning, this is the first day we’ve had off work since Lunar New Year in late January. Koreans will be celebrating both Children’s Day and Buddha’s Birthday this week, so the city is full of traditional lotus lantern decorations.
A couple weekends ago, we went to the Lotus Lantern Festival at Yongdusan Park (near Busan Tower, Nampo subway stop, exit 1). While by no means as massive as Jinju’s yearly lanter festival (which I am just now realizing I have never posted about–I will remedy this posthaste), this is a nice way to spend an evening. Ric and I had a fabulous dinner at Arun Thai then walked off all that yummy pad thai checking out the lanterns and folk crafts in the park.