Korean Bell of Friendship

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3601 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA, USA

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X_Drive X_Drive
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For a lasting Friendship Apr 03, 2012
Having grown up is San Pedro I have always thought I knew most everything there, but after getting married and moving away back in the 1960s they have added several things and this is one of them.

Sitting on a high point above Point Fermin in Angels Gate Park is this very impressive Pavilion with the huge bell. It was gifted to the United States of America back on the Bicentennial year of 1976 to further friendship and trust.

Also located at the site are several trees that also commemorate the first visit by the Korean President.

The bell has a large plaque with the following written in both English and Korean.

The friendship bell, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was presented as a gift from the people of the Republic of Korea to the people of the United States of America on the occasion of the American Bicentennial Jubilee to further the friendship and trust between the two nations.

Cast with an alloy of tin, copper, gold, silver and phosphorus, the bell reflects the distinct characteristics and beauty of traditional Korean bells.

The knob of the bell comprises a dragon-shaped figure and a sound pipe. On the outer circumference of the bell are four pairs of goddesses carved in relief to symbolize the spirits of freedom, Independence, peace and prosperity in each of the two countries. Ornate bands of the rose of Sharon, the national flower of Korea, decorate in relief the shoulder and rim of the bell. The bell measures 3.63 meters in height with a circumference of 7.25 meters. I t weighs 17 metric tons.

The bell pavilion, constructed in traditionally Korean architectural style with a blue-tiled roof, is painted in a unique coloring pattern, which is known in Korea as “tanch ong.”

It is the hope of the Korean people that the friendship bell will forever sound the continued prosperity of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea, together with the enduring friendship of the two nations, which is sealed by a mutual faith in freedom and independence.

July 4, 1976

This area, located very close to the very touchy cliff area along the seaside sees new landslides and in fact just recently had another one.

The day we visited the weather was clear and as usual nicely breezy. San Pedro’s location at the tip of the peninsula offers a great place to fly kites. Also, we had a wonderful view of Santa Catalina Island twenty six miles away.
The plaque written in English and …
A small monument
Plaque under one of the trees.
Tree mentioned in the plaque
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Eric says:
Fun fact: this place was also featured in the movie "The Usual Suspects" - one of my favorites :)
Posted on: Apr 09, 2012
bernard69 says:
congrats Roger:)
Posted on: Apr 09, 2012
austin37335 says:
Hi Roger, congratulations on having this review featured today. I've been to San Pedro and didn't see this. Very interesting! :D
Posted on: Apr 09, 2012
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Andy99 Andy99
579 reviews
A Korean bell in San Pedro Jun 24, 1987
The Korean Bell of Friendship was donated by the Republic of Korea in 1976 to celebrate the American Bicentennial and to commemorate friendship between Korea and the United States. The pavilion housing it was built in the style of a Korean pagoda.

The bell pavilion is located on a high point in Angels Gate Park in San Pedro. The park afford a panoramic vantage point over the coastline, out to Catalina Island, and of Los Angeles Harbor. It's an interesting place to visit and is near Point Fermin Park and Cabrillo Beach.
Korean Bell of Friendship Pavilion
View from the Korean Bell
View from Angels Gate Park
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X_Drive says:
I grew up in San Pedro, but had already moved away before they put this up.
Posted on: Dec 02, 2010

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