Bosingak Belfry is an underrated tourist spot! I believe that ringing this bell should be one of the things you must do when you visit Seoul, South Korea.
Bosingak Belfry is one of the places where Koreans celebrate the New Year’s countdown. During the Joseon Dynasty, it was used 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.
Here’s what you have to know:
- You are only allowed to go up at noon time (11:20 to 12:20).
- In Bosingak Belfry, you will be allowed to interact with the “royal guards” on duty by helping them in pushing huge log against the side of the bell.
- You can use the hanbok for free!
- After ringing the bell, you can feel the vibrations.
How to go there:
- It’s located across Jongno Tower. It’s few blocks away from Jogyesa Temple.
- Take the subway going Jonggak Station and get off at Exit 4 or 5.
- Address: 54 Jong-ro, Gwancheol-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The original bell, National Treasure No. 2, is preserved in the National Museum of Korea.