Monkey King to dominate 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/12/29
By: Wang Shu-fen and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) The main lantern of the 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival 40597482will be a 26-meter-tall installation in the shape of the Monkey King, also called Sun Wukong (孫悟空), a main character in the Chinese classic “Journey to the West,” the Tourism Bureau revealed Tuesday.

The Monkey King-shaped lantern will be the tallest main lantern ever in the annual event, which has been hosted by the Tourism Bureau since 1990 to celebrate the traditional Lantern Festival.

The 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival will be held in the plaza in front of the Taoyuan high-speed railway station from Feb. 22 to March 6.

The Sun Wukong theme was adopted because it will be the Year of the Monkey next year, and the character represents courage and intelligence, according to the Tourism Bureau.     [FULL  STORY]

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