As part of the Year of Korea in Canada, the Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern)Festival created a garden of lanterns, a tunnel made out of more than 1,000 lanterns at Confederation Park for Winterlude.
I wanted to go see the display, so my daughter and I zipped over to Confederation Park to check things out. There was also the promise of Korean food, so we had more than enough reasons to make it our priority for today.
Did you know, in 1592 when the Japanese invaded Jinjuseong, General Kim Si-min and his Jinju army of 3,800 soldiers defeated the 20,000 Japanese who were invading Jinju. Floating lanterns were used as a military strategy to keep the Japanese from crossing the river. Although the Japanese invaded Jinju the following year and sieged Jinju Fortress, the people continued the tradition of floating lanterns down the river to pay tribute to those who had been lost during battle. And so this tradition of lanterns lives on through Korea’s Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival.
And what’s Winterlude without the food, right?