In a little while, the New Year's Eve bell ringing event, which has been suspended due to COVID-19, will be held again at Bosingak in Jongno.
A reporter is on the scene.
Reporter Sagong Seong-geun, this is the first event in 3 years, how is the atmosphere right now?
Yes, the 2022 New Year's Eve bell ringing event starts at 10:50 p.m.
Behind me, preparations for the event are in full swing.
There is still time before the bell ringing event, but citizens who want to get a seat early are gathering one after another.
[Kim Min-ki/Seoul Gangnam-gu: I hope world peace comes, and I hope that the war between Ukraine and Russia will end next year.]
Today (31st), 10 citizen representatives and Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon will attend the ringing of the Bosingak bell, which is the main player in the round of 16 of the Qatar World Cup. Including Cho Kyu-seong.
The city of Seoul expects more than 100,000 people to attend today's event.
There will be a lot of people, are you well prepared for crowd management?
Yes, some roads around Bosingak are still controlled.
After a while, from 9:00 pm to 1:30 am tomorrow, Bosingak, Euljiro, and some sections of Cheonggyecheon will be completely controlled.
According to traffic control, 69 bus routes will also be temporarily detoured.
Between 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. tomorrow, the subway passes through Jonggak Station without stopping, and the station entrance is also closed.
Instead, public transportation will be extended until 2 a.m. for citizens returning home, and plans to distribute them to five nearby subway stations instead of Jonggak Station.
The police are also planning to install safety fences to manage the movement of citizens.
The city of Seoul decided to broadcast the bell-ringing event live by installing electronic display boards at DDP in Gwanghwamun and Dongdaemun to disperse the crowd.
Nearly 3,000 safety management personnel are on standby at the site, including local government and police experience.
(Video coverage: Choi Jun-shik, video editing: Yu Mi-ra, on-site progress: Compilation Hyung)