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For this week's theme, I decided on posting photos of the the sacred bell, also known as the peace bell. The peace bell is located on the grounds of the Byodo-in Temple in the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe (Oahu, Hawaii). This five-foot, three-ton peace bell is customarily rung before entering the temple. It is said that ringing the bell will bring you happiness, blessings, and a long life. Ringing the bell is also said to send out a sound of calm and peace.

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I know this is supposed to just be a photo post, but I wanted to also share this short video I made of the peace bell. The first half of the video is of my friend Guido ringing the bell. It is harder to hear the bell during this portion of the video due to the wind in the background. The second half of the video is a close up of the bell. You can hear the sound of the bell much better during the second half of the video.

For more on the Byodo-In Temple, check out my post - a visit to the Byodo-In Temple.

I recently read this little bit of trivia that might be of interest to you if you are a fan of the TV show Lost. The Byodo-In Temple was used as the location of the estate of Sun's father in the first season of Lost.

Comments (19)

Great shots. It's a beautiful bell and a wonderful idea.

Yen:

Nice shots here!

The bell is absolutely intriguing! Love the artwork detail! And the tone of the bell is quite magical and resonant! Loved this post!

Impressive bell, great details :)
Back in my hometown in the Philippines, we also have a bell (believed to be the biggest in Asia), made in 1878 out of 170 sacks of coins believed to be donated by the townsfolk.
Happy weekend :)

Wonderful post and your photos are so beautiful. I love that there's a metal Peace Bell there! Hope you're having a nice holiday weekend.

The bell looks like it has quite a bit of detail engraved into it and the red enclosure adds a nice contrast. The idea behind the bell is beautiful and such a wonderful idea.

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Kim:

Excellent post - love the sound of the bell!

Wow! The photos are stunning, and the bell is beautiful. I could barely make out the sound of it. Is it truly that low? Amazng photos, thanks!

I did Photo Hunt today, too. I hope you get a chance to visit and leave your link. :)
Mrs. Mecomber
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Amy:

What a lovely bell. Thanks for the photos, description and vid.

Great shots - the bell is incredible.

menehune:

Just exquisite on many levels, G.!

What a beautiful post for this week. :) Bells and harmony go together. :)

That's a beautiful bell and a great idea for this week.

sandrac:

What a beautiful idea, Girasoli. Lovely photos.

June:

I enjoyed seeing this. Thanks for sharing...and thanks for stopping by Spatter

Thanks everyone! It is an amazing bell to see.

Sreisaat, how interesting about the bell made out of 170 sacks of coins in the Phillipines.

Mrs. McComber, sorry you had difficulty hearing the bell. The first half of the video is pretty difficult to hear, but it does get louder in the second half of the video clip. The sound of the bell in person is a very low tone sound.

Temple bells are so cool. Nice post.

Gorgeous photos and I also loved the sound of the bell. Very peaceful.

Marta, they are cool! This is the first time I have ever been so close and rung one of these bells.

Maria, it is such a cool sound. I am glad I took a quick video of it.

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