Lantern Festival in South Korea (18 images)

Thousands of visitors come to the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival, or the Jinju Lantern Festival, to see the giant paper lanterns floating in the Namgang River in Jinju, South Korea on October 1, 2012. The festival, which runs Oct. 1 to 14, originated during the Japanese invasion of 1592 when Koreans lit lanterns to illuminate the Namgang River surrounding Jinjuseong Fortress to prevent Japanese troops from crossing. A tradition during the festival are the floating lanterns carrying peoples wishes. UPI/Thomas Michael Corcoran
Updated: Oct. 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM