Introduction

Bosingak Belfry was used during the Joseon Dynasty to keep the time. The bell would ring 33 times at 4 AM, signaling the start of the day and the opening of the city gates. At 10 PM, the bell would ring 28 and the gates would close for the night. The bell was originally located at Wongaksa Temple in 1468, in the 13th year of King Sejo, but was moved to its current location in 1619. The bell has high cultural value due to the exact year of construction being known, allowing historians to more accurately date artifacts from the same time period. The original bell, National Treasure No. 2, is preserved in the National Museum of Korea.

Tourists to Jongno-gu and locals alike can enjoy a living history through the bell-ringing ceremony that takes place for one hour every day (excluding Mondays), starting at 11:20. In addition, Bosingak Belfry is location of Korea's very own "ball drop ceremony" on December 31. On this day, the streets surrounding the belfry are closed to traffic and people gather to ring in the New Year with the striking of the bell.

 

Address: 

54, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul[Google Map]

 

Closed: 

N/A (Open all year round)

 

 

Homepage: 

tour.jongno.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
www.cha.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

 

How To Use

 

Parking Facilities: 

Not available

 

 

Transportation

 

[Subway ]
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 4.

 

 

Additional Info

 

Admission Fees: 

Free

 

Facilities for the Handicapped: 

Wheelchair-accessable restrooms available in Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1) and Jongno Tower 1F.

 

Interpretation Services Offered: 

Not available

 

tel: +82-2-2148-1822

zipcode: 03189

infocenter: • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

• For more info: +82-2-2148-1822

usetime: Open 24hr

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