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By Nicole Cormier

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There are many parks and recreation centers in the Southern California region, but for those traveling to the area, seeing the Korean Bell of Friendship is a must. The enormous bronze bell was a gift from the the Republic of Korea to America in celebration of the the bicentennial. The bell is housed in the Angel’s Gate Park in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles, but the park is alternatively coined “Korean-American Peace Park.” The park, which is often used for weddings or special events because of the Korean-inspired decor, has a ceremonious ringing of the bell five times a year: Independence Day, Korean Independence Day, Constitution Day, New Year’s Eve and Korean American Day.

Angel’s Gate park has many recreational opportunities other than the bell, to make your visit as appealing as possible. This includes a rec center, a museum basketball court, children’s playground, hiking trails, ocean views, and walking access to Joan Milke Flores Park,  Wilders Addition and Angels Gate Cultural Arts Center.

When visiting the Korean Bell of Friendship, opt to stay at the Crowne Plaza which boasts harbor views and is walking distance to Angel’s Gate park and the beach. When driving to the San Pedro area drive a vehicle that will comfortably hold your luggage, family and friends while still turning heads. The perfect example is a 2013 CL65 AMG Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Encino.

Nicole Cormier has a large and diverse family that lives all over the country, and has had the opportunity to see every state in the union while visiting them. As a freelance writer and editor she has the freedom to experience the world and partake in her beloved passions all while writing about it.

This is a “sponsored post,” meaning the company who sponsored the article compensated me for writing the article. The opinions I have expressed, however, are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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