Korea Town

Korea Town


The area known as Korea Town, situated in central Los Angeles, is a loosely bounded community of residences and retail establishments that has no distinct borders but is comprised of approximately three square miles of real estate in the mid-Wilshire vicinity. In fact, there is much dispute over the actual borders of Korea Town, although most locals recognize the neighborhood east of Western Avenue, north of Pico, and South of Olympic as is unofficial home.

Korea Town is inhabited by a large population of Korean American people and businesses, one of the highest concentrations in the greater LA area. The area is one of the densest in LA in terns of residents per square mile, with a whopping 120,000 plus individuals calling Korea Town home. Korea Town is currently enjoying new growth, as hipsters priced out of Los Feliz and West Hollywood are gravitating to the area that is filled with a nice mix of mid to high rise towers and pre-1940’s brick colonial homes. Korea Town was settled in 1888 by Henry Gaylord Wilshire, who bought lots at $2.50 each, including parts of Hancock Park, which sits on the western edge of Korea Town. Korea Town is known world-wide as the place where Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Known locally for its large concentration of nightclubs and karaoke bars, Korea Town is also a haven for jewelry stores, Asian food markets, Korean churches, and fashion boutiques. Residents of Korea Town are close to McArthur Park, an important and historic gathering place in LA that was created from private funds donated to the city of Los Angeles in 1887. Korea Town is located less than 10 miles from downtown LA, making the city a convenient place to live and still have access to big-city attractions like upscale dining establishments and cultural hot spots. Many residents spend time strolling nearby Larchmont Street, a pedestrian-friendly promenade in Hancock Park, or taking a short ride to The Grove and Farmer’s Market on 3rd and Fairfax, in West LA.

Korea Town receives city services from the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Wilshire Center Korea Town Neighborhood Council (WCKNC) governs the day-to-day goings-on in the area, and helps to establish ordinances and maintain quality of life for Korea Town residents.

Major attractions include the Korean American Museum highlighting the cultural heritage of the Korean-American population, Korean Cultural Center with various activities, events, and exhibits, the famous Thal Mah Sah Buddhist Temple, where you can pray and meditate before Buddha. Enjoy shopping at Korea Town Plaza with over 8- specialty stores, Korea Town Galleria the commercial hub for Korea Town, or California Marketplace. Check out fine restaurants like Opus, M Grill, and Orchid or the Korea Town nightclubs and bars like Blink, Zip, and Le Prive, besides the Wiltern Theatre featuring live performances, and the historic Chapman Market.




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