New Year's Eve Bell Ringing Canceled for 1st Time in 67 Years

  • By Park Sang-hyun

    December 07, 2020 11:34

    For the first time in 67 year the giant bell at Bosingak Bell Pavilion will not ring on Dec. 31 to welcome in the New Year. The event has been a fixture since 1953.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Sunday canceled the event after cumulative coronavirus infections in the capital surpassed 10,000.

    A pedestrian walks past Bosingak Bell Pavilion in Seoul on Sunday. /Newsis

    Seoul city officials are thinking about recording a bell-ringing ceremony in advance and broadcasting it online. They will prevent revelers from converging near the bell on New Year's Eve.

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