Bosingak Pavillon [보신각터]

Chocolate (2019-20); Melting Me Softly (2019); Brilliant Legacy (2009)

In episode 1 of Chocolate (Chokolis, 초콜릿) (JTBS, 2019-20), real-live footage is shown of the annual Bell Ringing Ceremony to welcome the year 2013.

It is on the footpath in front of this park that Ma Dong-chan (Ji Chang-wook) and Ko Mi-ran (Won Jin-a) first rediscover Seoul in the year 2019 in episode 2 of Melting Me Softly/Let Me Melt (날 녹여주오) (tvN, 2019) and while he faints from exhaustion, she continues direction her parents’ place.

It is in front of the park of Bosingak Belfry that Ko Eun-Seong (Han Hyo-Joo) decides to sell street food so that she has more time to look for here brother in episode 3 and 4 of Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance (찬란한 유산) (SBS, 2009). It is also where she meets Seon Woo-Hwan’s (Lee Seung-Ki) grandmother Jang Suk-Ja (Ban Hyo-Jung) for the first time.

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Bosingak Belfry [보신각터] or Bosingak Bell Pavilion is a 14th century tower with a bell that functioned as a time-keeper in Joseon times. It was used to signal the opening (bell ringing 33 times at 4am) and closing (bell ringing 28 times at 10pm) of the city gates.

Before being moved to Seoul’s neighborhood Gwancheol [Gwancheol-dong/관철동] — under the administration of Jongno- ga-dong/Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa) [종로1.2.3.4가동] –, Jongno-gu [종로구] in 1619, it was located at Wongaksa Temple. Since 2016, a one-hour “Bosingak Bell-Ringing Ceremony” [보신각타종행사] takes place daily (except Mondays) at 11:00 am. Also, on December 31, the ‘Ball Drop Ceremony” takes place here with the streets around Bosingak being closed to traffic and the bell ringing in the New Year.

The original bell –the ‘Old Bronze Bell of Bosingak Pavilion’– designated Treasure No. 2, is preserved in the National Museum of Korea. Bosingak [보신각터] itself is designated Seoul Monument No. 10 (designated on June 18, 1990).

54 Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 종로 54
Geolocation: 37.569751, 126.983685
Geolocation Brilliant Legacy: 37.569990, 126.983959

Getting here
Jonggak Station [종각역], Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 4.
Bosingak is located right on your right hand side when getting out of this exit.
— submitted by Marion KDL

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Open all year round, 24hrs
Bosingak Bell-Ringing Ceremony Daily, 11:00-12:20 am Not available on Mondays, Independence Movement Day (March 1), Liberation Day (August 15), extreme heat season (August 4 – 6, 2015)