Korean Friendship Bell is re-dedicated in San Pedro

Posted by admin in Photography 10 Jan 2014

After months of restoration work to repair damages, the Korean Friendship Bell and its elaborate, pagoda-like pavilion were re-dedicated during a ceremony Friday, January 10, 2014 in San Pedro.

20140110KoreanBell114The 17-ton bronze bell and the pavilion which houses it, were presented by the Republic of Korea to the United States to celebrate its bicentennial in 1976.  According to the Los Angeles Times, many in Korea consider the bell to be the West-coast Statue of Liberty signifying the strong ties between the two nations.

Traditionally, the bell has been rung five times a year: for Korean Liberation Day, U.S. Constitution Day, Korean American Day, the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve.

Decades of exposure to harsh elements at its location overlooking the Pacific Ocean and age had damaged parts of the structure along with the mount holding the bell in place.

The South Korean government donated nearly $300,000 to help with the restoration, which cost about $365,000. Experts from Korea resurfaced the bell and repainted the pavilion to its original condition.

The LA Times has a good article about Chai Dong-hey, a craftsman who travelled from Korea to help with the restoration of the bell and whose mentor helped cast it nearly 40 years ago.

All Photos ©2014 by Scott Anger/Pandau

Korean Consul General Shin Yeon Sung, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, ring the Korean Friendship Bell during the re-dedication ceremony.
Korean Bell dedication ceremony in San Pedro.
A dignitary holds a flyer while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the podium during a re-dedication ceremony of the Korean Friendship Bell.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti puts an ear against the Korean Friendship Bell after a re-dedication ceremony.
Dignitaries hold Korean and American flags on the podium during the re-dedication ceremony.
Dignitaries hold South Korean and American flags on the podium during the re-dedication ceremony.


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