Pengsoo the Penguin to Help Ring in the New Year in Seoul

  • By Jung Ji-sup

    December 27, 2019 12:28

    Pengsoo, a penguin character on a YouTube channel, will strike a bell to usher in the New Year at the stroke of midnight.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Thursday said it chose Pengsoo along with 10 citizens in various fields to take part in the city's annual bell-ringing event at Bosingak Bell Pavilion in downtown Seoul.

    "It is the first time a popular character has been chosen to do so. In an online poll asking people to name a figure for the event, over 70 percent of respondents picked Pengsoo," a city official said.

    On New Year's Eve, cars will be banned on the streets near the pavilion from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. To ease traffic, subway trains will run until 2:00 a.m. and buses' operating hours will also be extended.

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