Convenience stores and shops all over the country set up tables days in advance, overflowing with multicolored boxes selling all sorts of different flavors, sizes and substitute brands. It's almost like a mini-Valentine's Day, with couples buying Pepero for each other.
This past weekend we headed down to Busan, Korea's second city, for the Buddha's Birthday holiday weekend. After seeing these insanely amazing photos that Robert Koehler took of Samgwang Temple and realizing that the lanterns would still be up when I was in town, I seriously had to go.
There were certainly a ridiculous amount of lanters, the most I have ever seen in anyone place. Built in 1969, the temple complex itself is huge.
As always the crowds were in full effect. Being a public holiday, one of the most impressive Buddhist temples with thousands of lanterns on Buddha's Birthday in Korea's second largest city, it's understandable.