Korean Bell Garden

Located within Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA, I found this representation of Korean culture so beautiful and interesting on my recent visit that I decided to highlight it in a separate post.

Path to Bell Garden Entrance

Entrance

Representing Korean culture and history, there’s no place else like it in the Western Hemisphere.

Garden Pool

Bell, birds, and garden

The bell depicts the Rose of Sharon (the national flower of Korea) and the Dogwood (the state flower of Virginia). It also contains images of the ten symbols of longevity; sun, mountain, water, cloud, stone, pine tree, white crane, turtle, mushroom of immortality and deer.

Large bell 2

Bell

Peace and harmony

The Grand Pavilion, which supports the three ton bell, is made in the traditional way, without using nails, each piece fitting perfectly and snugly together.

Inner roof above big bell

Roof interior 2

Four jangseung, Korean totem poles, watch over the garden.

Faces

My children, studying the Korean and English alphabets.

Alphabet

You can learn a lot more about the garden from the Korean American Cultural Committee Website and Fairfax County, VA. This garden is included in admission to Meadowlark, and is well worth a visit if you’re in the Washington, D.C. area.

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About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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