Large clock installed on the outer wall of the central library 80m high
Alumnus Choi Hyuk-young (Civil Engineering ’63) paid for entire cost of installation, “I hope my juniors will become leaders of the future”
Juniors respond by naming it in honor of their senior, ‘Hopes for development of YU’
[January 29, 2018]
<‘Big Time’ installed on the outer wall of the YU central library>
A new landmark representing the region now stands tall at the YU (President Sur Gil-soo) campus.
YU installed ‘Big Time’, a large clock on the upper part of the outer wall of the central library at about 80m high. ‘Big Time’ is a round clock with a diameter of 6m and is comprised of an hour and minute hand. It is equipped with a GPS that automatically calibrates the time every day at midnight. The time and needles have LED lights that illuminate extravagantly even in the night. It is high enough to be seen clearly from far outside of the campus, and it is large enough to capture the attention of people passing YU.
The YU central library was built with 22 stories in November 1974, making it a towering skyscraper at the time. It acted as the local landmark since then. After large-scale renovations in 2005, the ‘Big Time’ was finally installed, once again receiving attention as the main landmark of the region.
’Big Ben’, which is one of the world’s most famous clock towers in the world located in London, England, has a height of 96m and Hong Kong’s land mark ‘Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower’ is 44m tall. YU’s ‘Big Time’ that stands 80m is world-class in terms of height.
<<Choi Hyuk-young Scholarship Foundation President Choi Hyuk-young who donated the entire amount for installing ‘Big Time’ (right)>
’Big Time’ that was installed was paid for in full by Choi Hyuk-young Scholarship Foundation President Choi Hyuk-young (75), who was in the class of ‘63 at the YU Department of Civil Engineering. Mr. Choi said, “I wanted to give a gift in hopes of my juniors at YU to become leaders of the future.” He added, “I hope that the students look at the clock standing at the highest place in the YU campus to dream big and continue studying hard so that they may become leaders of Korea.”
YU students responded with the generous gift of their senior’s love by naming the clock tower. ‘Big Time’, which was named by YU students, means not only a big clock that represents YU, but also ‘huge success’. It contains the hopes of their YU seniors that YU may continue to develop further.
Mr. Choi has been sharing generously with YU and his juniors at YU not only with ‘Big Time’, but also through continuous scholarships by establishing the Choi Hyuk-young Scholarship Foundation.
YU President Sur Gil-soo said, “I hope that students will look at Big Time, which has become the new landmark of YU, to remember the will of their senior YU alma mater Choi Hyuk-young,” while adding, “I hope like the meaning of becoming a big-timer, students will have the opportunity to dream big at the YU campus.”
Meanwhile, the ‘Big Time’ opening ceremony was held in the afternoon of the 26th
at YU. Mr. Choi who funded the ‘Big Time’ attended the ceremony to congratulate the start of the clicking of Big Time.