The Korean at the top means basically, Seoul Sentry Gate, guarding over the festival, I guess. The first several lanterns seemed to celebrate the career of King Sejong the Great, who oversaw the invention of hangeul, the Korean alphabet, a water clock, rain gauge, sundial, and an astrolabe, seen here:
Here are some bell-ringers and a drum-banger, both significant in palace rituals:
After that, the theme basically became images from the lives of ordinary Koreans long ago. And it got kind of samey. Two representative lanterns, a classic teacher-and-students-scene, and some construction laborers:
Large sections of one side of the stream's bank was brush-strewn, which made for interesting photography:
These flying fish lanterns provided a popular backdrop for selfpix and young couples:
And, speaking of flying, these cranes with flapping wings were nice as well:
Though the thematic element was interesting, it limited the style and grandness of the entries, so it was 80% just lanterns shaped like people. I liked it better in 2009. Anyway, tonight's the last night, so you better hurry if you want to see it!