The Korean Bell of Friendship was a gift from South Korea to the United States in 1976 to further the friendship and trust between the two nations. The bell, which weighs 17 tons, was cast in Korea then shipped to the U.S. The pavilion which houses the bell was constructed by Korean craftsmen in the traditional Korean architectural style with a blue tile roof over a period of ten months. As a Korean American, the intricacy of the bell and the beautifully colorful detailed pavilion wasn’t new to me. However, to see it on the American soil, practically in my neighborhood, warmed my heart and I felt proud of the craftsmanship. If you are ever near San Pedro, you should definitely pay a visit.
It sits on a hilltop where you can enjoy the stunning views of the Los Angeles Harbor and bay.
Good to Know:
- Location: 3601 S Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
- Ceremony Ringing’s Occur 5 Times Each Year:
· July – INDEPENDENCE DAY
· August- KOREAN INDEPENDENCE DAY (8/15)
· September – CONSTITUTION DAY (9/17)
· December – NEW YEAR’S EVE
· January – KOREAN AMERICAN DAY (1/13)
- Fee: None