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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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]

Friendship Bell.

International Friendship Bell

We enjoyed being able to ring this bell and stand inside it!

[Jennifer Gilmore, 04/10/2013]
International Friendship Bell

The Friendship Bell is a traditional Japanese bell, approximately 4.8 feet in diameter and 6.7 feet tall. It weighs approx. 8,250 pounds, and is cast of solid bronze. There are many pretty engravings on the bell. This is one of only two of these Japanese bells known to exist in the United States.

This bell is impressive, and you are allowed to ring it. It is outside under a shelter in a public park. The meaning behind the bell is what makes it so special. Because of Oak Ridge's role in the Manhattan Project, this bell celebrates the past 50 years of growing friendship and peace with Japan.

You don't have to call or get tickets or anything. Just stop by and walk out to the bell. There are walking paths that lead to it.

[Liz Moore, 01/14/2011]

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