Bosingak Bell (Bosingak Belfry, Bell Pavilion) is a landmark in Seoul, a symbol, and an attraction in Jongro Road (jongro means "bell road"). Various events are being held in front of the structure, including religious ceremonies, social actions, campaigns, among others.
Bosingak Belfry was initially built in 1396 (5th year of King Taejo's reign) in present-day Insadong, then the heart of Hanyang, the capital of the Joseon Dynasty.
The Bell is not only an old symbol of the ancient capital city. Every New Year, any Seoul mayor and other high-ranking officials presently holding office ring the Bell the announcing the coming of the new year and wishing for prosperity and all other good tidings.
Located in central Seoul, it is straightforward to find and can be just a quick drop from other attractions and sights in the area.
Bosingak Bell was moved to its present location during the reign of King Taejong (1400-1418). This Bell was rung thirty-three times to announce paru, the opening of the city gates at daybreak and twenty-eight times to announce injeong, the closure of the gates in the evening. This bell-ringing was based on the prevailing Buddhist tradition.
The Bell was also used to warn people of emergencies such as fire, enemy attacks, and other emergencies. The bell pavilion has initially been a considerably larger structure.
However, it got destroyed many times and repaired many times over due to wars and fires. It became smaller during the late Joseon Period.
It used to be called Jonggoru, Jonggak, or Ingyeongjeon. But it was changed to its current name Bosinggak in 1895 during the reign of King Gojong.
In 1979, the bell pavilion was wholly restored to the large-size structure during King Sejong's reign.
In 1985, the Old Bronze Bell of Bosingak Pavilion (Treasure No. 2) was replaced with a replica, and the original can be seen at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul.
By Seoul Subway, take Line 1 and get off at Jonggak Station, then come out from Exit 4. It is only a few minutes on foot from the station.
Nearby Bosingak Belfry, you can quickly visit other sights and attractions, besides shopping at the underground shopping centers.
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I hope you will have a wonderful time in the area. Keep exploring and be safe.