3601 South Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
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About the Korean Friendship Bell
This massive and intricately-decorated Korean Friendship Bell and pavilion was donated in 1976 to the people of Los Angeles by the people of the Republic of Korea.
The gift celebrates the bicentennial of the U.S. independence, honoring veterans of the Korean War and to consolidate traditional friendship between the two countries.
When the bell was built, it cost the Korean people $500,000. Four pairs of figures, each pair consisting of the Goddess of Liberty holding a torch, and a Korean spirit , are engraved in relief on the body of the bell.
Each of the Korean spirits holds up a different symbol: a symbolic design of the Korean flag; a branch of the rose of Sharon, Korea’s national flower; a branch of laurel, symbol of victory; and a dove of peace. The bell has no clapper but is struck from the outside with a wooden log.
The Korean Friendship Bell is set in a pagoda-like stone structure which was constructed on the site by thirty craftsmen flown in from Korea. It took them ten months and costs $569,680.
The pavilion is supported by twelve columns representing the twelve designs of the Oriental zodiac. Animals stand guard at the base of each column.
Resting peacefully on the knoll overlooking the sea gate from which U.S. troops sailed into the Pacific, the bell site affords an unsurpassed view of the Los Angeles harbor, the Catalina Channel and the sea terraces of San Pedro hill.
The bell is rung only four times each year: the Fourth of July, August 15 (Korean Independence Day) and New Year’s Eve, and every September to coincide with bell ringing around the country to celebrate Constitution week.
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