The “Bosingak Bell Ringing Ceremony” is a representative historical event held regularly in Seoul, along with the “Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony” at Deoksugung Palace. Since 2006, about 18,000 Koreans and foreigners have rung the bell at Bosingak Pavilion, as of September 2015.
Starting on October 1, 2015, the Bosingak Bell Ringing Ceremony will be redesigned as an event for both Koreans and foreign tourists. In a departure from the citizen-centered nature of the bell ringing event, foreign tourists will now be allowed to ring Bosingak Bell without making a reservation in advance. To ring the bell, foreign visitors may show up on any day of the week, except Mondays, by 11:40 a.m. on the second floor of Bosingak Pavilion. Traditional Korean clothing will also be available on the second floor, giving foreign tourists the opportunity to try on traditional hanbok, military uniforms from the Joseon Dynasty, and other historical Korean clothing and pose for pictures as well.
Also of interest is the creation of a new program called “I Am a Day Bell-Ringer.” Those who submit applications for the program in person at the Bosingak Belfry will get to experience the work of the bell-ringer, who is responsible for the management the bell.
Information on the Bosingak Bell Ringing Ceremony
o Venue : Bosingak Pavilion (54 Jong-ro, Jongno-gu)
o Time : 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
o Inquiries : Dasan Call Center (☎120) or Bosingak Pavilion Management Office (+82-2-2133-0983)
o Remarks : Closed on March 1, August 15 (Liberation Day), other holidays with bell-ringing ceremonies, and on days with particularly cold or hot weather, as well as all Mondays and every second and fourth Saturday (for Youth Volunteer Activities).