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Point Fermin Park/Lighthouse – San Pedro

Nestled atop a seaside cliff, lies Point Fermin Park.  Along the cliff are several picnic tables with incredible views of the ocean/coastline/cliffside.  The park has plenty of shade trees, a playground, and a stage for local performances.

On the grounds is also a lighthouse dating back to 1874.   It was originally built from California redwoods.  In 1941 the light was extinguished for 30 years after the battle of Pearl Harbor in fears it may be used as a beacon for enemy planes/ships.

The lighthouse is open to the public by guided tour Tuesday thru Sunday from 1:00PM – 4:00PM (Closed Mondays and Holidays).

Official Website:
http://www.pointferminlighthouse.org/

Contact Info:
807 W. Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 241-0684

Park Entrance:
33°42’24.57″N
118°17’36.63″W

Lighthouse:
33°42’19.47″N
118°17’37.20″W

Point Fermin Lighthouse

Point Fermin Park

Point Fermin Park - Tree

Point Fermin Park - View From Cliff

Korean Bell of Friendship – San Pedro

Next on my list of attractions to pre-visit before my parents came was Point Fermin Park, however I ran into the Korean Bell of Friendship on the way. 

Perched atop what seemed to be the highest point of San Pedro lies the Korean Bell of Friendship.  From here you can see amazing views of San Pedro, the Port of LA, the Pacific Ocean, and Ranchos Palos Verdes.  It was purposefully located here to overlook the sea gate in which US troops sailed into the Pacific.   

The bell was donated in 1976 to Los Angeles by the Republic of Korea to celebrate the bicentennial of US independence, honor veterans of the Korean War, and to consolidate traditional friendship between the two countries.  The bell was crafted after the Bronze Bell of King Songdok, which was made in 771 AD (still in existence in South Korea today).  It weighs 17 tons, has a height of 12 feet, and a diameter of 7 1/2 feet.  When built in 1976, it cost $500,000. 

One note – don’t park at the bottom of the hill unless you want a steap hike up an nearly vertical path.   There is another parking lot at the top of the hill (entrance at West 37th Street and South GaffeyStreet).

Bell:
33°42’35.03″N
118°17’37.66″W

Korean Bell of Friendshiop

Korean Bell of Friendship - Pagoda