By Charina Echaluce
Capiz lanterns have been displayed along the Cheonggyecheon Stream during the recent Seoul Lantern Festival 2017, an annual lantern festival which aims to promote international tourism exchange.
While this year’s lantern festival provides a glimpse of Korea’s upcoming hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Philippine exhibit has caught the admiration of many visitors at the festivity that began last Nov. 3 and ends Nov. 19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.
“We are proud to showcase our elegant Capiz lanterns in downtown Seoul for the world to see the parol that symbolizes the longest celebration of Christmas in the world, which is in the Philippines,” said Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo.
Teo added the authentic Filipino lanterns serve as a beacon to the Philippines, noting that South Korea continues to be its top tourist market.
The Seoul Light Lantern Festival is held every first Friday till third Sunday of November along the 1.2-kilometer Cheonggye Plaza to Supyo Bridge.
It portrays an overall sports theme to promote the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.