The festival grounds were enormous, much bigger than I had originally expected. I began on the same side of the river as our motel and figured i'd make a giant loop of the attractions. There were different areas showcasing Korean, world traditional, symbolic lanterns from the different provinces and cities, and of course lovers lanterns. The information booths set up around the festival had the most friendly people, one woman wanted to sit and learn my life story while telling me about her daughter that studied in Madison, however their brochures were all in Korean so the map was not of much help to me. I started with the Jinju castle area which was covered in lanterns, I thought the majority were all in and along the river but boy was I wrong.
|Realistic, buuuut distrubing|
After wandering the castle area and surrounding park I discovered that I was starving, but it appeared that the majority of the food vendors were on the opposite side of the river. I was originally planning to walk to the next real bridge but the route was not as easy as expected, winding up and around the castle, so instead I opted to pay the 1000 won to cross the floating bridge. As much luck would have it a crew of middle school boys decided to cross at the same time, they were as annoying as you might imagine, but the view was pretty cool.
|Hanging lantern tunnel|
|I want this|
|1 second fencing debacle of 2012 Olympics|
|Front row, somewhat frightening, bus ride home|