The Giant Lantern Festival, one of the most highly welcomed festivals all over the world will take place in Hanoi for 51 days from December 3rd, 2016 to January 22nd, 2017 to inspire Vietnamese and Korean culture.
Source: BBC News
Originated from China, lanterns were first used to protect the flame from windy weather, especially for entrance lighting system in big houses. However, when l artisans competed amongst themselves to produce lampshades of exquisite beauty, functionality, design, and artistic decoration, lanterns have become the object of artistic expression. Many myths about the origin of the Chinese lanterns have been told through generations but there’s one that sticks out the most, it’s about the representation of Buddha's power to dispel darkness or devils. It is told that during the first century, Emperor Ming of Han sent a scholar to India for Buddhist scriptures and, upon the scholar's return, the Emperor had a temple built to house the scriptures in which lanterns are displayed to keep the devils off, which are born from the darkness. Nowadays, lanterns can be found in many Asian countries out of China such as Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Korea. In Vietnam, during Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival, the streets both in big cities and small towns are decorated with red lanterns, which represent luck and a bright new start. Hoi An, a charming ancient town in Vietnam is famous for lanterns decorated on both two sides of its streets during the 1st and 15th of every lunar month.
Giant Lantern Festival, which is held by a Korean organisation is one of the most highly welcomed festivals and also the largest Lantern Festival all around the world. This lantern festival is an annual event in Korea in which giant lanterns showcasing historical subjects are exhibited across most cities in the country. The festival has also been organised in many countries: UK, USA, Korea, Taiwan, etc. and created strong impressions to participants. From this early December to the end of January 2017, both Hanoi citizens and visitors of Hanoi can enjoy the first Giant Lantern Festival at the Lepare Trade Centre in the Gaduma City Urban Area, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi, Vietnam entitled “Giant Lanterns Festival Hanoi 2016”. The festival will include 5 different zones designed according to particular themes and decorated with plenty of giant lanterns. Specifically, there will be 40 giant lanterns where each is from 10 to 30 meters in height symbolising the three key dimensions of Vietnamese and Korean cultures, which are Peace, Love and Hope. Moreover, the festival will surely delight participants with numerous exciting entertainment activities including:
Performances by Vietnamese, Korean and many international artists with beautiful Vietnamese, Korean and English songs as well as traditional musical instruments
Exciting dance cover competition "K-pop dance cover"
More than 200 Vietnamese – Korean workshops to offer visitors food, entertainment and shopping opportunities
Lovely and romantic Love Zone for couples
Source: Wall Street Journal
The countdown for the 2016 Vietnam-Korea Giant Lantern Festival - Hanoi that will transpire on December 3, 2016, to January 22, 2017, at the Lepare Trade Centre in the Gaduma City Urban Area has started since 23rd November 2016. If anyone plans to visit Hanoi city during this time frame, do not miss a chance to participate in this fantastic festival.
Recently, Hanoi authorities have launched many great policies to attract both domestic and international tourists such as offering Free Public Wi-Fi to tourists, expanding walking streets with many exciting activities every weekend, hosting fantastic national and international festivals and events as well as taking advantages of Hanoi cuisine as a competitive edge in destination marketing activities.
The best way to fully experience Hanoi and its hidden gems is strolling around the walking streets of the Old Quarter and the other major streets nearby and selecting restaurants in the central district serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine such as Home Restaurant (www.homerestaurant.vn), which serves high-quality top-rated Vietnamese cuisine that cannot be found anywhere else.
Hanoi is also a gateway to other wonderful travel destinations in Vietnam such as Hue or Halong Bay, the extraordinary natural heritage recognised by UNESCO, which takes only a three-hour travel by car from Hanoi City. The best way to experience Halong Bay to the fullest is staying overnight on a cruise. Find more information at www.paradisevietnam.com.