A late addition to the post on 8/2/2012. There are questions raised now as to the Korean Bell of Friendship being given to the people of Los Angeles instead
of the people of the whole U.S.A. Here is a wikipedia article and a blowup photo
from the official plaque commemorating the giving of this friendship monument.
In addition I have a followup post on this with further actions that I have taken
First a little background information. This monument was a gift from the South
Korean people to America in honor of our bicentennial celebration in 1976. I
was fully prepared to be awed by the bell and the pagoda that houses it. In fact, the condition of the whole building including the bell, gong and the eaves above, along with the floor is just as my title says- disgusting, with pigeon
excrement covering a lot of the surfaces.
Excrement that looks like it has been there a long while, and did not miraculously appear overnight. Before I show the photos that I took of the grounds and the pagoda(and the excrement covered places) I just want to say
how ashamed I am as an American, that we have let this monument of friendship between two peoples of the world, fall into such a sorry state. I don’t
know or care who let this happen, but it needs to corrected immediately, even if the person in charge has to go out with a firehose and wash away the crap
his or her self.
I will leave you with this shot, taken at a far enough distance to spare you the more disgusting up close and personal details.
A hint of what the place would be like if people cared enough to honor it with a good cleaning, and keep it clean. But even
this angle doesn’t spare your eyes. What a waste!
Bill McDonald aka Morongobill