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Koreans greet new year with bell-ringing ceremonies

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  South Korea welcomed the new year with traditional bell-ringing ceremonies in Seoul and other cities nationwide at midnight Tuesday.

The most attention-grabbing bell-ringing ceremony took place at Bosingak Belfry in Jongno, central Seoul, as several prominent celebrities rang the bell 33 times amid cheers from tens of thousands of citizens gathered to celebrate the beginning of the new year.

This year, the celebrities invited to take part in the Bosingak bell-ringing ceremony included baseball pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, who returned home Monday after signing a four-year deal, worth US$80 million, with the Toronto Blue Jays. Ryu led Major League Baseball with a 2.32 ERA in 2019 while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers and finished second in the National League Cy Young Award voting. 

People gather in front of the Bosingak Belfry in central Seoul on Dec. 31, 2019, to watch the traditional bell-ringing ceremony that takes place at midnight. (Yonhap)
This undated file photo shows a bell-ringing ceremony at Bosingak Belfry in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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