I’ve been to this temple once before for kite making. I wanted to go back for percussion which was last month, but it was on St Patricks Day and I knew I would not make it.  Next month is the weekend I plan on going to Seoul, the 19th, so I won’t be able to make it to the flower pancake.

Once you go to Nopo you go out the exit between the subway and the bus and walk to the right (its quite a walk, but you could see other foreigners–or I’m told that that there are also little kids dressed in the Buddhism clothing looking for us). After that a bus takes you for about 10 minutes to the Temple.

The head of the temple told us this:

Lanterns mean taking away the darkness. It means light. We make them every April to represent winter ending and spring starting.

Which I thought was really well put.

Again, they gave us everything we needed to make the two lanterns: paper, glue, metal cage, paper cup and brush.

We made two lanterns: octagon and lotus.

The octagon lanterns were a lot easier to make as we just glued the paper directly onto the metal frame.

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The lotus lantern was a bit harder, as we start with the little cup with string (first photo) and take the little papers that are kind-of-triangles and put glue on the bottom and stick them on a cup where they overlap but not too much and don’t go too far down but have 5 rows.

Tofuballs and Lantern Making 048 Tofuballs and Lantern Making 050The whole temple was decorated with lanterns.

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Tofuballs and Lantern Making 068 Tofuballs and Lantern Making 070There is no Buddha inside the belly because the bones and spirit are inside the pagoda (above). It was brought by either the Dali Lama or another famous Buddhist from Nepal.

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