Korean Bell of Friendship, Los Angeles

4.6
Monument · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The Korean Bell of Friendship (more commonly called Korean Friendship Bell) 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.

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. The Emille Bell is the largest bell ever cast in Korean history; both are among the largest bells in the world. The bell is made of over seventeen 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 a Seonnyeo, or Korean spirit figure, holding the South Korean national symbol: a Taegeuk symbol, a branch of rose of Sharon, a branch of laurel, and a dove.

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  • We drove up right at sunset and thought it was closed. Drove around back and found a parking lot to park in and walk up this dirt mountain. The sun was setting it was just beautiful to see. With the.....  more »
  • Very traditional East Asian bell and structure that is well sited. The site is beautiful overlooking the ocean and the port. Expansive lawn and a playground. A sunny day makes for an extraordinary...  more »
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  • Enjoy beautiful west coast views. Great place to take photos and experience this historic landmark. The friendship bell offers a nice back drop to any photo. Family and pet friendly. Picnic tables and playgrounds are available. Also has small hiking trails for better views.
  • This monument is truly amazing. From the view you can see the ocean and the bell at the same time. My boyfriend and I always come here when we want to relax. Many people fly kites and play basketball on the side. The breeze from the ocean feels nice and they have restrooms.

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