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Friendship Bell

 

—Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park —

 
Friendship Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 4, 2011
1. Friendship Bell Marker
Inscription.
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 the Korean people that the friendship bell will forever sound the continued prosperity of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea, together with the enduring friendship of the two
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By Richard E. Miller, December 4, 2011
2. Friendship Bell Marker
nations, which is sealed by a mutual faith in freedom and independence.

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. 종소리의 손잡이는 용의 모양 그림과 사운드 파이프로
Korean Friendship Bell Information Center, Angels Gate Park image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 4, 2011
3. Korean Friendship Bell Information Center, Angels Gate Park
구성됩니다. 종소리의 바깥 둘레에있는 두 나라의 각 자유, 독립, 평화와 번영의 영혼을 상징하는 구호에 새겨진 여신의 사쌍 있습니다. 샤론의 장미, 한국의 국가 꽃의 화려한 밴드는 구호에있는 종의 어깨와 가장자리를 장식합니다.벨 7.25 미터의 둘레와 높이 3.63 미터를 측정합니다. 그것은 17 톤 무게. 푸른 기와 지붕의 전통적 건축 양식으로 지어진이 한국어로 만들어진 종 관은, 한국에 알려진 독특한 색칠 패턴에 그린은 "tanch'ong."은 그것은
"In Hope for the Peaceful Unification of Korea" <i>Soo Sung Lee, J.D.</i> ... image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 4, 2011
4. "In Hope for the Peaceful Unification of Korea" Soo Sung Lee, J.D. ...
- plaque near the Friendship Bell.
우정의 종 영원히 자유의 상호 믿음으로 봉인하고있는 두 나라의 영원한 우정, 함께, 미국과 대한민국은 미국의 지속적인 번영을 소리 것이 한국 국민의 희망입니다 독립. 1976년 7월 4일 [한국어 스크립트에 텍스트]
 
Erected 1976 by Republic of Korea.
 
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 at or near this postal address: 3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro CA 90731, United States of America.
 
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);
Friendship Bell - view from the southwest image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 4, 2011
5. Friendship Bell - view from the southwest
Stephen M. White (approx. half a mile away); Fort MacArthur / 500 Varas Square Historic District (approx. 0.7 miles away); Timms' Point and Landing (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Warner Grand Theatre (approx. 1.9 miles away); Terminal Island Japanese Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Anna Lee Fisher - Astronaut (approx. 2 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.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyMan-Made FeaturesPeace
 
Friendship Bell: view to the west toward the Palos Verdes hills image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 4, 2011
6. Friendship Bell: view to the west toward the Palos Verdes hills
Friendship Bell: view toward the south image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 4, 2011
7. Friendship Bell: view toward the south
- note the abandoned WWII gun emplacement from Fort MacArthur: "Middleside" and Santa Catalina Island on the horizon, upper right.
Friendship Bell - view from the north image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 4, 2011
8. Friendship Bell - view from the north
Friendship Bell - view from the south image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 4, 2011
9. Friendship Bell - view from the south
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 727 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on December 28, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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