New Year’s Eve Ceremony in Seoul


It’s officially 2019!

The New Year is a time for us to look back on the past year and start anew.

Like every city with a famous venue for New Year’s celebrations, people in Korea are also gathering in the heart of Seoul to countdown into 2019 at Bosingak Pavilion where you can literally ring in the New Year.

This year, I had the chance to visit the famous Bosingak pavillion to witness the countdown to a new year!

People have been gathering here at Bosingak for the past several hours to find the best spot to celebrate the New Year with their friends and loved ones.

Around 100 thousand people were reported to have attended that night.

To give a brief history of the Bosingak bell —

It was built in the 14th century… and struck in the morning and evening to announce that the four gates around Seoul were being opened or closed.

The official event for the Bosingak New Year started around 11:30pm, where we enjoyed laser shows and other performances.

And of course the highlight was the countdown and bell ringing ceremony.

The bell was struck 33 times which has a special meaning in Buddhism.. (Don’t know) and struck by 16 people which includes the mayor of Seoul,… and eleven citizens who have been recognized for various achievements.

The bell-ringing ceremony holds various meanings. It contains wishes for health and wellbeing, happiness, and prosperity for the country at a broader level. It also includes wishes for good luck and happiness for individuals in the new year.

For those of you planning to make your way here, do not bring your car as traffic will be heavily restricted!

There will be plenty of buses and subway trains… as public transportation has been extended to 2am…. so that’ll be your best bet. (It’ll be impossible to catch a taxi)

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