Big Ben 大笨鍾
Anyone who has been to London would certainly have been to Big Ben, and very likely have heard her famous chime.
Today Big Ben ‘donged’ for the last time at noon time as it prepares for a major restoration. The restoration will cost £30m /NTD1.2bn, and will take up to four years. The entire Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben’s official name) will be examined and restored as it has been working non stop for over a century. During this period, except for special occasions the clock will not chime in order to protect the restoration workers’ ears. Big Ben’s exterior will be covered in scaffolding for the works, but officials have said that they hope they can keep at least one side of the clock dial uncovered at all times.
Next time you go to London, don’t be surprised to see Big Ben all wrapped up, but be sure to go back again after 2021 to see this most iconic clock in the world.