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Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival returns to deliver messages of hope Updated: 2021-12-09 09:53:39 KST

It's late afternoon just as the sun goes down dazzling lights comes on along Namgang River.
Starting December 4th the city of Jinju in Gyeongsangnam-do Province hosts its annual event the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival.
The 21-year-old festival was cancelled last year due to the pandemic but returns in 2021 with the message: "The river of history, flowing with peace."

"More than 60 lanterns are displayed here in front of Jinjuseong Fortress when the same spot that lanterns were first put up over 400 years ago."

In 1592 during the Joseon Dynasty when more than 20-thousand Japanese invaded Jinjuseong Fortress the floating lanterns were used as military signals.
It was also a communication method sent to families during the war.

But, the floating lanterns on the Namgang River are not the only things there for people to see.
Hundreds of different lights and lanterns are set up inside Jinjuseong Fortress.
One of the main events that people can do is walk through the tunnel on the trail of Silken lanterns.
After the crossing lanterns hanging from trees there are the so-called "lights of hope."
Around a thousand lanterns are made by people across the country and are sent here displaying messages related to health love and happiness amid the pandemic.
Some families said they are just happy to share this moment together.

"I like how we have a space that our family can share the enjoyment together I think we will be able to enjoy much more when the pandemic ends."

"It will be the night for us unforgettable night just before flying to UK it's really exciting and brillant memory for us for our family."

However, to be extra careful strict prevention guidelines are in place on site.
Before entering people must prove their vaccination status if they are not fully vaccinated, they are required to show negative PCR test result.
BUT those under 18 are still allowed to enter the venue with certain types of identification.
Festival officials said there will be no food vendors this year and to prevent people from flocking to the site the festival period is extended from two weeks to a month until December 31st.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News, Jinju.
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