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  • Seoul to hold the online event “Bosingak Bell-Ringing Ceremony” for the new year 2021

  • Press Releases SMG 761
    • On 12.31(Thursday), the Seoul metropolitan government will hold the online bell-ringing ceremony at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
    • The city government will release a pre-video under the theme of “Overcoming 2020 and the Ring of Hope”.
    • Since there are no other events at the Bosingak, Seoul is planning to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect citizens.

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, December 28, 2020 — The “Bosingak Bell-Ringing Ceremony,” which the Seoul Metropolitan Government has held every year at Bosingak since 1953, will be held online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This year, Seoul will present a video with the message of “Overcoming” and “Hope” to move forward vigorously through the way it overcame past hardships and adversity.

    Small business owners, job seekers, musical actors, and teachers and students will appear on the video. Along with actor Kim Young-chul, who was born in 1963 when the bell-ringing ceremony also began, Actor Lee Jung-jae and entertainer Kwang-hee will also deliver a message of hope. The video will be broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook of Seoul, as well as television like KBS and Arirang TV.

    In particular, the Seoul Metropolitan Government collaborated with SK Telecom to set up a virtual space on the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s website so that you can experience the panoramic view of Bosingak and the sound of the bell at home through 360-degree VR.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government operates its own safety countermeasure team to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with dense blockages and protect cultural assets as the government expects some citizens to gather around Bosingak on the same day.

    Information on the “Bosingak Bell-Ringing Ceremony” event can be found on the city’s website (www.seoul.go.kr), and inquiries can be made at the 120 Dasan Call Center or the Department of Historical and Cultural Heritage (2133-2641).