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Korean Friendship Bell

3601 S Gaffey St, Los Angeles, California 90731 USA

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“Symbolizing the friendship between the US and Korea”

The Korean Bell of Friendship is a massive bronze bell housed in a stone pavilion in Angel's Gate Park, in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Located at the corner of Gaffey and 37th Streets, the section of the park is alternatively called the "Korean-American Peace Park," and occupies part of the former Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur. The "Belfry of Friendship" (Ujeong-ui Jonggak), which houses the bell The bell was presented by the Republic of Korea to the American people to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States and to symbolize friendship between the two nations. The effort was coordinated by Philip Ahn, a Korean-American actor. It was dedicated on October 3, 1976 and declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 187 in 1978. It is modeled after the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok the Great of Silla (also known as the Emille Bell), cast in 771 for Bongdeok Temple and now located at the National Museum of Gyeongju; both are among the largest bells in the world. The bell is made of over 17 tons of copper and tin, with gold, nickel, lead, and phosphorus added to the alloy for tone quality. It has a diameter of 7½ feet, average thickness of 8 inches, and a height of 12 feet. The exterior surface is richly decorated in relief, featuring four pairs of figures. Each pair includes a "Goddess of Liberty" (bearing some resemblance to the Statue of Liberty) and an Seonyeo or Korean spirit figure holding a Korean national symbol: a Taegeuk symbol, a branch of rose of Sharon, a branch of laurel, and a dove.

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Reviewed by
Arielkay

  • 34 Reviews
  • 29 Helpful
August 21, 2014
Rated 3.0

See the bell take photos of the bell.... Leave. Kinda boring but nice to know it's been restored.

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lot2

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April 22, 2017
Rated 4.0

Peaceful.

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CarlosWay

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February 25, 2016
Rated 4.0

Beautiful bell. If usa needs help, they just ring the bell and Korean will respond immediately :) this what wasn't written on the board.

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thecompgal

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August 19, 2015
Rated 4.0

Right across the street from the lighthouse on top of the hill.
"In Hope for the Peaceful Unification of Korea"

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Korean Friendship Bell

3601 S Gaffey St
Los Angeles, California
90731 USA

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun, Tue, Thu, Sat: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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