Curbed Los Angeles pocket guide: spring 2017

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This enormous bell was gifted to Los Angeles in 1976 by South Korea as a gift for America’s bicentennial, a way to honor veterans of the Korean War, and as a gesture of—you guessed it—friendship between the two countries. Modeled after one made in South Korea in 771, this giant bell only rings four times a year, and is rung not by a bell-ringer, but by being hit with a huge wooden log. Restored in 2013 thanks to funds from the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the bell is a cool site to take in views of the harbor and the coastline. (A Curbed commenter has noted that on windy days, it’s a great spot for kite-flying.)

Done soaking in the view? It’s just a five-minute walk down Gaffey Street to see the Point Fermin Lighthouse, which was built in 1874 and is a lovely example of a stick-style Victorian from the era. And don’t leave the area without checking out the Sunken City ruins, about five minutes on foot from the Point Fermin Lighthouse area. The Sunken City is a six-acre site where a bungalow community slipped into the sea in 1929. (It was a very slow, gradual slip, so almost all the houses were moved before they fell into the ocean.) Tracks for the Pacific Electric Red Cars and remnants of roads and foundations are still visible from a safe distance—and please do keep a safe distance!

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