This is the Korean Friendship Bell, a 7-ton cast bronze bell, given to the US by the Republic of Korea at the time of the U.S. Bicentennial, to honor Korean War Veterans and the friendship between our two countries. (You can read about the details of the structure’s design and construction here. ).
The structure is beautifully situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This place is another one of those little gems (which we all have in our respective communities) that both calms and invigorates me whenever I am there. The day I took these pictures was cold and extraordinarily clear, and the structure sparkled under a blinding white sun. The only sounds were the flapping of pigeon’s wings and the distant sound of children playing. It was like stepping out of time to a place of absolute stillness.
The park is adjacent to a military installation, and, in fact, if you look down the bluff, you will see the ruins of WWII battlements. It is quite ironic, actually. But it is a physical reminder to me that one CAN find peace and tranquility, even when surrounded by signs of conflict and war. Amazing, really.
Let me just end this by showing you some more images. May you find peace and tranquility as you meditate on these images.
Lori G. (c) 2007