Courtesy of http://english.seoul.go.kr/cav/ena/seoullanternfest.php:
Lanterns symbolize hopes and wishes.
With these lanterns, a forest of lights will be created with 10 million embers radiating the hopes of Seoul’s citizens.
In November 2010, the Cheonggyecheon (Stream) will be dotted with a variety of Korean traditional lanterns along with brilliant lanterns from all over the world, planting positive thoughts and hopes into visitors’ minds.
Performance by BEAST during the opening ceremony:
Courtesy of http://www.royalpalace.go.kr/html/eng/data/data_01.jsp?dep1=2 :
The palace was named Gyeongbokgung, the “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.” With Mount Bugaksan to its rear and Mount Namsan in the foreground, the site of Gyeong-bokgung Palace was at the heart of Seoul and, indeed, deemed auspicious according to the traditional practice of geomancy. In front of Gwanghwamun Gate, the main entrance to the palace, ran Yukjo-geori (Street of Six Ministries, today’s Sejongno), home to major government offices. Along the central axis upon which Gwang-hwamun Gate stood was the nucleus of the palace, including the throne hall, reception hall and king’s residence.