Pages Navigation Menu

Things to do in Orange County for OC Moms

Categories Navigation Menu

Angels Gate Park: Korean Bell of Friendship

We visited as a guest of San Pedro

One of the highlights of my visit to San Pedro was going to Angels Gate Park where there is the Korean Bell of Friendship. The massive bell was donated in 1976 by the People Republic of Korea to honor the veterans of the Korean War and symbolizes the friendship between the two countries. The bell weighs 17 tons, twelve feet tall, seven and a half feet in diameter, and is made of copper and tin, with gold, nickel, lead and phosphorous.

The Korean Bell of Friendship sits in the center of Angels Gate Park overlooking the beautiful coastline. It is in the center of a gorgeous pagoda stone structure that is supported by twelve columns representing the twelve designs of the Oriental zodiac. The bell is rung only four times each year: the Fourth of July, August 15 (Korean Independence Day) and New Year’s Eve, and every September to coincide with bell ringings around the country to celebrate Constitution Week.

While visiting San Pedro, I was given the esteemed honor of getting to participate in ringing the bell. It an opportunity that usually only given to government officials, and it was such an honor to participate in the life-changing experience. Along with a group of friends, we struck the bell with the large wooden stick and then hugged the bell to absorb all the good energy that flows through the vibration.

After ringing the bell, I took time to explore the park. The park boasts some of the most beautiful ocean views, has cool breezes and is a fabulous place for families to enjoy a picnic and fly a kite. I recommend planning to spend the afternoon with your family at Angels Gate Park creating memories that will last a lifetime. It is located at 3601 S Gaffey Street in
San Pedro.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter
Connect With Us

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *