A close-up of the lanterns. I nicknamed the little guys on the lamps "disco Buddhas," but my wife made me promise I would explain what they are really doing (alas, they are not trying out for a Korean remake of Saturday Night Fever). As anyone who has encountered Buddhist art will know, there are many different gestures, each with a special significance. This gesture is known as cheonsangcheonha yuadokjon, which means, “Throughout heaven and earth, I alone am exalted.” It is said that when the Buddha was born, he came out of his mother’s side making this gesture. This should not be taken as arrogance, though—it represents the Buddha’s teaching that each and every one of is precious.
This is also the photo used in the new and improved Lanterns color scheme.