Friday, May 22, 2015

Korean Bell Garden

Last weekend we celebrated the third anniversary of the completion of the Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna Virginia. This continues to be a very successful partnership between the Korean-American Cultural Committee headed by Jeung Hwa Elmejjad-Yi, and NOVA Parks.

This amazing Korean Garden features unique structures hand built by special artists from Korea built in a traditional way that dates back many centuries. The large, 3 ton bell at the center of the garden was cast in Gyeonggi-do, and is a gift from that Provence of Korea.
The garden was funded with donations, including support from the Republic of Korea, and many very generous private donors.

Part of the agreement between NOVA Parks and the Korean-American Cultural Committee was for an endowment to support the long-term maintenance and upkeep of this international treasure. At the event last Saturday $20,000 towards the $200,000 endowment goal was donated.

The event was attended by over 300 people, featured many cultural displays and events, and was attended by may elected officials who have been supportive of these efforts.