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Last week my wife and I went to see the Seoul 2004 Luminarie. “Luminarie” originates from the Italian word for “light,” and it began 400 years ago in Italy as a festival for the saints. Today, these “festivals of light” are held around the world.
Right now (until 3 January), the downtown area (near City Hall) is lit up like I’ve never seen before. Rather than attempt to explain it, though, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking. They probably don’t do it justice, but at least you don't have to wander around in the freezing cold to see the lights.
Note that not all the photos are actually part of the Luminarie—a lot of hotels and other businesses downtown decorate their trees around Christmas, and everything blends together in a sea of light.
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(17 Dec 2004)