Jinsha Lanterns Shinning on the Seoul Lantern Festival
Recently, the 7th Seoul Lantern Festival, themed by the “Shining Seoul Sightseeing”, was held along the Cheonggyecheon (Stream) in Korea, on which, about 50 lantern groups showed up. It is a representative festival in Seoul when the autumn comes and attracts about 3 million visitors annually. It also tops the most festivals initiated by the government of Seoul in respect of scale. It is learned that this session will continue to Nov. 22.
Lanterns in exotic styles from China, Korea, America, Philippines and Japan appeared on the festival, and those designed and made by Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum about the culture of Chengdu and the ancient Shu, become highlights. It is learned that this was the 2nd show of Jinsha lanterns on the festival.
Walking along the narrow Cheonggyecheon (Stream) from Cheonggyecheon Plaza, we saw the Korean Lanterns, and the Jinsha Lanterns at the 1st stand in the exhibition area for foreign lanterns: a thriving banyan stood by the river, representing the ancient Shu people’s worship to the holy tree and the vibrant vegetation in Jinsha in ancient Shu, over the crown, we found the Sun Bird-the logo of China cultural heritage unearthed from the Jinsha Site Sacrifice Zone; some deer were playing and running, showing the ecologic environment of ancient Shu. Following the deer were some elephants, holding the Shu King who worn a hat showing the worship to the sun and a gold mask to cover his solemn face. In his hands were ivories for sacrifice. Before him a guardian was standing…those amazing designs not only embodied the mysterious ancient Shu civilization but also the fashion of urban cultural in Chengdu.
The Jinsha Lanterns were favored by international friends and become the best “photo point” for its ancient Shu style and local features. They cost 20 days of 7 experienced experts after a long period of design and preparation. The whole lantern extended 30m at a height of about 6m. The frame was connected by welding of steel wires and covered with cloth, inside of which, light sources were provided. Differing from the past, this time, music was accompanied, the song Everything Has Life selected form the music drama Jinsha. Visitors could know more about the ancient Shu culture with their eyes and ears through interactivities with the giant panda doll and the “fish”, a character of Jinsha.
At the same time, a Chengdu Pavilion was built in the lantern exhibition area to greet visitors with the tolerant and friendly Chengdu, the mysterious and ancient Shu culture, the lovely and charming pandas.