San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
— Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park —
The friendship bell, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was presented as a gift from the people of the Republic of Korea to the people of the United States of America on the occasion of the American Bicentennial Jubilee to further the friendship and trust between the two nations.
Cast with and alloy of tin, copper, cold, silver and phosphorus, the bell reflects the distinct characteristics and beauty of traditional Korean bells.
The knob of the bell comprises a dragon-shaped figure and a sound pipe. On the outer circumference of the bell are four pairs of goddesses carved in relief to symbolize the spirits of freedom, independence, peace and prosperity in each of the two countries. Ornate bands of the rose of Sharon, the national flower of Korea, decorate in relief the shoulder and rim of the bell. The bell measures 3.63 meters in height with a circumference of 7.25 meters. It weighs 17 metric tons.
The bell pavilion, constructed in traditionally Korean architectural style with a blue-tiled roof, is painted in a unique coloring pattern, which is known in Korea as “tanch’ong.”
It is the hope of
July 4, 1976
[A close translation of the text in Korean]
태평양이 내려다 보이는 우정의 종은, 두 나라 사이의 우정과 신뢰를 개선하기위한 미국의 바이 센 테니얼 축제 행사에서 미국의 사람들에게 대한민국의 사람들에게서 선물로 제공되었습니다.
최고로 캐스트와 주석의 합금, 구리, 차가운, 실버 및 인, 종소리를 한국의 전통 종소리의 고유 특성과 아름다움을 반영합니다.
Erected 1976 by Republic of Korea.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Peace.
Location. 33° 42.72′ N, 118° 17.639′ W. Marker is in San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Angel's Gate Park west of South Gaffey Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battery Osgood-Farley Historic Site (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Point Fermin Light House (approx. half a mile away); Stephen M. White (approx. half a mile away); Fort MacArthur / 500 Varas Square Historic District (approx. 0.7 miles away); Casa de San Pedro (approx. 0.8 miles away); Santa Catalina Island (approx. 1.4 miles away); Catalina Channel (approx. 1.4 miles away); White Point Fountain (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Pedro.
Also see . . . Korean Bell of Friendship. (Submitted on December 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
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