Thursday, December 21, 2017

Bell Ringing Ceremony 2017 in Korea(Daegu) and Olympic Torch Relay

Begin the New Year with Daegu!
Sound of hope spreading throughout Korea

Way back in Chosun Dynasty in 1394, Korea started to ring Bosingak Bell twice a day to announce the start and end of day. After a day ends, 4 gates in Hanyang, the capital of Korea then, closed and when a day begins with bell ringing, the gates opened again. Today, at the end of each year, Koreans celebrates the end of the year and beginning of a new year with a crowd of people watching bell ringing 33 times! Last year in Daegu’s Bell Ringing Ceremony 30,000 people came out. This year, people are more excited since the Olympic Torch Relay continues in Daegu at the very ceremony! The event starts at 22:00 with concerts!

| Why 33 times?
The number, 33, came from Buddhist worldview to wish the gods living around 33 streams at the top of the highest mountain in the world to watch people during a day.

| Where can I watch the Olympic Torch Relay?
The Torch Relay will travel 95km for 3 days in Daegu. The itinerary includes the following.
Day 1
Keimyung University – Dalgubeol-daero – Outdoor Concert Hall
Day 2
Jungdonggyo Bridge – Daegu Art Museum – Daegu Stadium – Daegu Lions Park Square – Dongdaegu Station
Day 3
Ansim Station – Banyawol Station – Singi Station – Yonggye Station – Bangchon Station – Ayanggyo Station – Gukchaebosang Memorial Park


| Why Gukchaebosang Memorial Park?
Gukchaebosang Memorial Park was built to commemorate the spirit of Gukchaebosang National Debt Repayment Movement. It is a meaningful place for Daegu for it’s now used to bring the citizens together. Dalgubeol Great Bell was installed to wish harmony and prosperity among citizens. It’s one of 7 places to hold the ceremony.

| What is so special about Bell Ringing Ceremony 2017?
Along with concert, balloon releasing and firework, the Olympic Torch Relay continues at the ceremony with the bell ringing!

─ Date: Dec 31, 22:00 – 00:30
─ Location: Gukchaebosang Memorial Park
─ Address: 42, Dongin-dong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

─ Address(KR): 대구광역시 중구 동인동2 42

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