Korean Friendship Bell – San Pedro

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The Korean Friendship Bell, more formally named the Korean Bell of Friendship, was modeled after the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok the Great that was cast in 771 and is now located at the National Museum of Gyeongju. This bell’s exterior reliefs depict four pairs of Korean images: the Korean Goddess of Liberty paired with symbolic Korean spirits (Korean flag, Korean national flower, laurel branch, dove of peace).

The Belfry of Friendship houses the bell and is a traditional stone and wood pagoda-style pavilion on an elevated stone platform. It is embellished with colorful painting in the dancheong style and is supported by 12 columns (representing the Korean zodiac).

The bell and pavilion were presented to the United States by the South Korean government in 1975 to commemorate the United States bicentennial and as a token of friendship. The bell installation and pavilion were constructed by thirty Korean craftsmen over a 10-month period, and were dedicated on October 3, 1976. A full restoration in 2013 supported a re-dedication on January 10, 2014.

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