In May of every year, Seoul hosts the Lotus Lantern Festival that celebrates Buddhism and coincides with the weekend prior to Buddha’s birthday. There is a fantastic parade and a festival through downtown Seoul.
One of the highlights of the festival is seeing Buddhist monks who have come from nearly every Asian country. Dressed in a variety of colored robes, these monks are keen to show off their individual talents. While some monks perform martial arts, I am always drawn more to the monks showing off their ability at sand art.
The intricacy is simply amazing. Each grain of sand is placed one by one using chopstick-like instruments. The beauty and detail of the images they produce is simply astounding.