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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Inspirational Outings ~ Korean Friendship Bell

I LOVE living in Southern California!
There is inspiration to be found all around, and so many wonderful sites to see.
How fun are these wooden statues near the trail leading up to the bell?
I have passed by the Korean Friendship Bell in Palos Verdes many times, and always tell myself I need to stop there.  Were usually with family & are doing the coastal drive into LA ~ or possibly to Trump National area for a day hike...so just hadn't added this stop to our list yet.
I work in San Pedro for a few days a month, and just happened to have an hour free for lunch.
I grabbed a sandwich from a nearby Deli, and drove up the hill to eat my meal.  I was sure glad that I did!
Views of the Ocean from the park
The views from the park were amazing, and the pavilion & bell were stunning.
This massive and intricately-decorated bell and pavilion was donated in 1976 to the people of Los Angeles by the people of the Republic of Korea to celebrate the bicentennial of the U.S. independence, honor veterans of the Korean War, and to consolidate traditional friendship between the two countries. The bell is patterned after the Bronze Bell of King Songdok, which was cast in 771 A.D. and is still on view in South Korea today.
This is some of the wonderful paint & decoration inside the pavillion.
As if on que, a group was practicing martial arts in the park just beside the bell...I should have put down my sandwich and joined them :-)

Many others before me have photographed the Bell, and you can find other amazing images by clicking here!

Cheers ~ Lara




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