In 2011, I went to the Hello Kitty and Friends’ convention in Seoul. Cute characters are serious business in Asian countries, and Korea is not an exception. Practically, everything can be made into a cute character much to my delight. It’s also appreciated and enjoyed by both adults and children.
In my first year in Seoul, me and my friend went to the Seoul Latnern Festival that happens in the month of November every year. Originally known as the Lotus Lantern Festival, the display is set up along the Cheonggyecheon Stream in the North of Seoul in Jongno. As you start at Dongdaemun at Cheonggyecheon Plaza, you walk along the stream and view the lantern displays along a 1,2 km walk. There are fun characters from traditional Korean folk tales and cultural figures all in colourful bright lantern forms.