Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Korean Bell of Friendship at Angels Gate Park

I don't get around much any more, but when I do
you can bet you'll hear about it. Some of my pics taken
in October '09
of a truly unique place to visit when in the L.A.,
California area.

Mountains and hills, the Blue Pacific Ocean below,
Blue skies above,
365 days a year.

Well, was damp, drizzly and overcast on the
day that I re-visited this modern-day structure that
consists of a
Pavilion that houses the enormous Bronze
Korean Bell of Friendship

in Angels Gate Park in San Pedro, close to L.A.,
the bell
was presented in 1976 by the Republic of Korea
to the American people
to celebrate the bicentennial of
the United States, to honor
American veterans of the
Korean War, and to symbolize friendship
between the
two nations.

On the day I was there a Photo shoot was in progress
literally at the steps of the Bell.

Angels Gate Park that houses this starkly beautiful
monument has been a favorite location for Hollywood
film cast and crews due to its
picturesque surroundings.
'The Usual Suspects' starring
Kevin Spacey and Giancarlo
was filmed here, as were parts of The Titanic.
The secluded and peaceful area attracts people like
Johnny Depp,
who is noted for hanging around the
San Pedro
area. Notable area residents past and present
include actress Sharon Tate,
Author Charles Bukowski,
Comedian D.L. Hughley and Art Pepper, Jazz Saxophonist.

But don't take my word for it. Just check out this
Korean Bell of Friendship Fabulous Full-screen Panoramic
by Carol Struycken

I consider this place an instant favorite for anyone who visits
and I highly recommend it for its serene and meditative

Serene State of Mind
View my pics The Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro
- a set on Flickr

San Pedro : A Whale of a Town

The Korean Bell at wikipedia

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