Pyongyang Bell

The bell hangs in the belfry in Taedongmun-dong, Central District, Pyongyang.

Cast in 1726 in the period of feudal Joson dynasty, it was used as a signal means, particularly for defending the country against foreign aggressors.

The bell, which still keeps its original state, is 3.1m high and 1.6m across at the mouth and weighs 12.914 tons. Carved on it are a Buddhist image, cloud pattern, etc., and its hook vividly depicts the head of a dragon.

All the castle gates in the Walled City of Pyongyang had long since been opened and closed according to its tolling, and the bell signified all the events in the city.

The bell has been counted as a specialty of Pyongyang for its excellent shape and impressive sound.

It is a cultural heritage that showcases the casting technology of Korea in those days.

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