Sitting atop an overlook surrounded by views of the Pacific ocean is the Korean Bell of Friendship. It has a beautiful architectural theme that reflects the culture that it symbolizes. The distinct triangular shaped roof is visible from afar, making it easy to find your way to it once you enter the area.
A gift from the Republic of Korea
The bell was given as a gift from the Republic of Korea in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States, as well as the friendship of the two nations. The unique bell was cast in Korea and shipped to the United States. It is housed in a pavilion that was constructed by Korean workers who came to the United States to erect the structure.
Ringing the Bell
Only 5 times a year the bell is rung, for significant days for both the U.S. and Korea. In January, for Korean American Day; the fourth of July for U.S. independence, and again in August for Korea’s independence day; September for constitution day, and then for the last day of the year, New year’s eve. It is rung by a giant hanging log that swings to strike the side. The log is secured by chain to prevent any unauthorized use of the bell.
The bell was recently refurbished for rededication in early 2014. The allure of the authentically designed structure makes it a unique place to visit. The colors of the pavilion are brilliantly painted, as you can see when you get close to it. It is authentic down to the details, where there are subtle features that reflect cultural themes.
Visiting the Korean Bell of Friendship
The Korean Bell of Friendship is located in San Pedro, within Los Angeles city limits. The address is 3601 Gaffey St., Los Angeles, CA 90731. There is a parking lot off of Gaffey St. This is a great place to take photos, and it is not uncommon to see other photographers working their magic.
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