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Seoul Christmas festival begins in light-filled downtown Updated: 2019-12-13 16:24:06 KST

Christmas is just around the corner, and Seoul is celebrating with a festival.
The streets are adorned with lightbulbs and decorations.
And Our Kim bo-kyoung is at Cheonggye Plaza, downtown, where it's all happening.
Bo-kyoung?

Hi, Aram, like you said, I'm at Cheonggye Plaza, where the 2019 Seoul Christmas Festival has just kicked off.
There's been carolling, and sculptures lighting the way.
Now, behind me stands a giant Christmas tree that was lit up just an hour ago as part of the opening ceremony.

After a countdown, public officials pressed buttons to light the tree, and they delivered messages wishing for peace and happiness not only in South Korea but also in the North. Listen to this.

"In the new year, I hope our society is filled with peace rather than conflict, and I hope peace comes to North Korea, too. May peace and happiness be with everyone in the new year

"In this fifth edition of the festival, I hope those of us who are tired can find consolation, encouragement and harmony. I also hope the lights of Cheonggyecheon stream brighten the city, making this into a winter celebration and a world landmark for sharing love and happiness. I hope everyone is blessed by the grace and love of Jesus Christ."

The lights and Christmas trees look amazing. Tell us more about when and where the festival is being held.

Aram, this festival is until January 1st, and it goes along Cheonggyecheon stream for 1.2 kilometers, from Cheonggye Plaza to the bridge near Jonggak station.
Along the way, there are five zones with various LED light sculptures, including the Santa Zone, which feels like Santa's village, and the Blessing Zone where angels and animals bless the birth of Jesus.
This not the only place where you can enjoy the Christmas ambience.
Korea's southern port city of Busan is holding the Busan Christmas Tree Cultural Festival and the Seomyeon Tree Festival where you can see giant trees with colorful lights.
Back to you, Aram.
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