South Koreans mark Korea Liberation Day at San Pedro’s Friendship Bell

Overlooking the ocean that separates their two countries, about a dozen Korean-Americans gathered Thursday to observe the 68th annual Korea Liberation Day by ringing San Pedro’s iconic Korean Friendship Bell.

The day marks Korea’s liberation — at the end of World War II — from Japanese colonial rule and included remarks by Ki-Sun Bang, South Korea’s deputy consul general of Los Angeles, and Jae-Hyun Choi, president of the National Unification Advisory Committee.

This year’s ceremonial bell ringing also served as a reminder of the landmark’s restoration project, set to resume within weeks for a final phase of work that will include polishing the 17-ton copper bell.