This week’s Secret of SoCal is The Korean Bell of Friendship.

After seeing pictures of this Secret of SoCal numerous times on social media, I decided to venture out to San Pedro to visit the historical monument up close and personal. The Korean Bell of Friendship, also known as the Korean Friendship Bell, is an 18.7 ton, 12 foot bronze bell located at Angel’s Gate Park. It was given to the United States by the Republic of Korea to celebrate the bicenntenial of the United States and the friendship between the two nations.

Philip Ahn, a Korean-American actor and the first Asian-American actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, coordinated this effort on behalf of the Republic of Korea. The Korean Friendship Bell is struck five times a year: New Years Eve, Korean-American Day, Fourth of July, Korean Liberation Day, and Constitution Day. It was also rung on September 11, 2002 to recognize the first anniversary of September 11, 2001.

The Korean Friendship Bell sits on top of a green hill and faces the ocean. I had a clear view of everything from Long Beach to Catalina Island while gazing out at the coast. Angel’s Gate Park is the perfect picnic spot; it has basketball courts, plenty of space to run, and is a peaceful location. Best of all, there is plenty of free parking!

Be sure to grab your friends and visit the Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro at the Angel’s Gate Park. Check back next week for another Secret of SoCal!

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