Published Oct 6, 2016 at 1:29 PM | Updated at 1:30 PM PDT on Oct 6, 2016
The Korean Friendship Bell, San Pedro's famed seaside landmark symbolizing solidarity between the Republic of Korea and the U.S., is turning 40. The intricately decorated bell - weighing in at a hulking 17 tons - was cast in Korea and donated to the people of Los Angeles in 1976. The bell is set in a pagoda-like stone structure at Angels Gate Park, where U.S troops sailed out to sea, completing a gorgeous view with the Pacific as the backdrop. The bell is rung only four times each year: the Fourth of July; Korean Independence Day on Aug. 15; New Year's Eve; and every September to sync with bell ringings around the U.S. during Constitution week.