Daeboreum: Korean First Full Moon Festival

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Daeboreum: First full moon festival at Haeundae Beach, Busan, 2014. Ben Weller/ http://www.wellerpix.com

Daeboreum is the Korean celebration of the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. Burning grass along rice fields served to ward off pests and fertilize the fields. The tradition continued with urbanization, and now, during Daeboruem, large bonfires blaze throughout the country, even in the cities. Below are photographs from the Daeboreum celebration at Haeundae Beach in Busan, February 15, 2014.

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Daeboreum: First full moon festival at Haeundae Beach, Busan, 2014. Ben Weller/ http://www.wellerpix.com

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Daeboreum: First full moon festival at Haeundae Beach, Busan, 2014. Ben Weller/ http://www.wellerpix.com

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Daeboreum: First full moon festival at Haeundae Beach, Busan, 2014. Ben Weller/ http://www.wellerpix.com

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Daeboreum: First full moon festival at Haeundae Beach, Busan, 2014. Ben Weller/ http://www.wellerpix.com

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Daeboreum: First full moon festival at Haeundae Beach, Busan, 2014. Ben Weller/ http://www.wellerpix.com

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Daeboreum: First full moon festival at Haeundae Beach, Busan, 2014. Ben Weller/ http://www.wellerpix.com

Winter in Busan

Just now getting our first taste of winter in Busan this year: a little bit of snow yesterday and freezing temperatures today. Here’s a shot–taken from the comfort of my own home–of yesterday’s rather wet snowfall.

A pedestrian shields herself from falling snow in Busan, South Korea, January 8, 2014. ©Ben Weller/www.wellerpix.com

A pedestrian shields herself from falling snow in Busan, South Korea, January 8, 2014. ©Ben Weller/www.wellerpix.com