Oak Ridge, Tennessee: International Friendship Bell

Japanese bell -- 4 tons of solid bronze -- one of only two known to exist in the United States. In spite of Oak Ridge's role in the development of the atomic bomb, the International Friendship Bell celebrates growing friendship and peace with Japan.

1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN
AK Bissell Park, east of Orau Way on south side of Hwy 95/Oak Ridge Turnpike. In a shelter in the park.
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Friendship Bell.

International Friendship Bell

The city of Oak Ridge has built a new pavilion to house the bell. Located in the same park, the new display is much more impressive and befitting such a gift.

[Kristie Lee, 07/28/2020]

Close-up of the bell.

International Friendship Bell

They have removed the International Friendship Bell from the shelter structure, but it can still be seen on the ground.

[Kristie Lee, 10/07/2019]
International Friendship Bell

It is being mounted onto a very nice display with concrete access all around. It was wrapped in plastic and hoisted up -- decorative girders going into place. It will be nice when done!

[Shelli Knapp, 09/13/2018]

Friendship Bell.

International Friendship Bell

International Friendship Bell in Oak Ridge.

[chris bailey, 03/20/2016]

While the bell is down at ground level, visitors can examine carvings on it up close.... such as a bird chirping at a rainbow that turns into the atomic energy symbol.

Friendship Bell.

International Friendship Bell

The bell is currently on a pallet, not hanging up. Looks like it's under construction.

[Susan, 01/22/2016]

Nearby Offbeat Places

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