December 31, 2019 08:32
Seoul is set to hold the city's annual bell-ringing event at Bosingak Bell Pavilion on Tuesday night to welcome in the New Year.
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, traffic in the Jongno district where the pavilion is located will be restricted from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. for the event.
All vehicles passing through the area will be required to take detours during that time, while public transportation services will be extended until 2 a.m. to help people get home after the celebration.
The event has been held annually since 1953. Some 11 selected citizens in various fields including Pengsoo, a penguin character on a YouTube channel, and baseball player Ryu Hyun-jin, who recently signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, will strike the bell to usher in the New Year at the stroke of midnight.
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