Photographer's Note

Located near the summit of Mt. Tohamsan, east of the historic city of Gyeongju, this bell pavilion was the site of a bell-ringing ceremony celebrated in Korea during the solar new year. At midnight the bell is rung almost a hundred times to bring in the new year. The background smoke was created from a performance by buddhist dancers in front of the bell pavilion. Glad I was able to be there to witness the beautifully lit structure along with the serene performances throughout the night. A nice change from the rowdy parties that take place back in Canada. Photo was taken at 11:50pm, minutes away from the new year(2004).

Like many other Asian countries, Korea has two different New Year's days according to solar and lunar calendars. The more widely preferred one is the lunar New Year's day, called So-lal.

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