Buddhism is the top religion here in South Korea and celebrating Buddha's birthday is very important. Korean's call this day 석가탄신일 (Seokgatansinil- Buddhas Birthday) or 부처님 오신 날 (Bucheonnim osin nal, which means the day when the buddha came). Lotus lanterns line the streets for most of the month and temples look even more magnificent as they adorn themselves with colourful lights.
According to Buddhist beliefs, lanterns symbolise wisdom in that they bring light to the world. “Yeondeung”, which means lighting lantern, is an important ritual in Buddhism as it gives respect to the Buddha.