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In the peaceful Korean countryside side the Hwaeom Temple prepares for Buddhas birthday by hanging bright and colorful lanterns. Buddhists from across the region to write personal messages and attach them to the bottoms of the ornate lanterns.
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Thank you Malinda
Great picture! What is it with the written messages in Korea?
Well, Relating to Buddhism they are typically prayers. From how I have had it explained to me it is similar to lighting a prayer candle. It can be addressed to someone you know, or more of a generalized well wishing. Getting to spend two years working with Korean children; I think the messaging is a way to express your individuality as most Koreans are fairly "in the box" and must adhere to cultural norms. But that is just my humble opinion.
About the lock walls, Korea isn't the only place you'll see these, I am not sure where the trend started but these walls can be found all across the world. You're supposed to buy a lock and lock it up with your loved one to signify your lasting relationship.
Yes I realised that reading an article in wikipedia although it was the first time I saw something like that. Thanks for sharing; I just spent five days in Seoul - too short to get a better understanding of what you experience.
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