Bosin-gak (보신각) is a large bell pavilion. Placed in Jongno, Seoul, this pavilion is very easy to be seen. During my Seoul visit, I passed this pavilion numerous times until I realized that this place has some history, as told by my friend -Daniel.
This pavilion originally constructed in 1396 and survived by many war and fire. It is not very big to me, but because placed in corner so it can easily be seen. It has big bell in the middle. During Joseon Dynasty, the bell was rung to announce time and signal for opening/closing the city gates, also for a fire alarm. These days, the bell rung only at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Daniel told me that many people gather in front of this bell pavilion counting down to New Year. So cool!
If you are around Jongno street or intentionally spend New Year’s Eve in Bosin-gak, enjoy the fun! Have a great 2011-2012 :)