Welcome To Koreatown
Koreatown is a centrally-located neighborhood in the heart of Los Angeles. It provides easy access to downtown, the mountains to the North, and the beach to the West. It’s one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city with tons of great curated boutiques, art galleries, and parks right in walking distance. Koreatown’s many bars and casual 24/7 dining makes for a buzzing late-night scene. The food culture of Koreatown is probably the best in Los Angeles and offers some of the most famous food trucks. The community is thriving and diverse bridging global cultures and creating an entirely new scene. With all these offerings it’s no wonder that Koreatown was named America’s hippest neighborhood back in 2012 and only continues to offer great cultural experiences.
The Architecture Of Koreatown
Koreatown was originally developed in the 1930s and has a long and storied history. Throughout the neighborhood, you can find many examples of art deco architecture with terra cotta facades, a fusion of the local architectural styles and trends of the time. Throughout the 1930s Hollywood was closely associated with Koreatown, with many rising stars living in its multi-family homes. The association was so strong with Hollywood that the Oscars were hosted there for many years. So when you get a Koreatown bungalow, you might end up in a place a classic movie star once lived. In the 1960s, Koreatown got its name from Korean immigrants who started moving in. They brought their only cultural twist on architecture and the result of wonderful homes that combine Eastern and Western styles.
The Food Culture Of Koreatown
Beyond the gorgeous architecture, one of the biggest cultural features of Koreatown is the food culture. With both Korean and Latino residents, the cultural exchange leads to a wholly unique food culture. Koreatown is where the famous fusion food Korean tacos were invented which can be found in the many Korean-inspired food trucks parked along the streets. Beyond Korean and Mexican fusion foods, you can find Filipino, Armenia, and Thai, along with new hipster restaurants that push the food culture with fresh local ingredients and creative farm-to-table fusions. You can even find some of the best doughnuts in Los Angeles at California Doughnuts. If you love food, Koreatown is a great neighborhood.
Things To Do In Koreatown
Beyond eating, Koreatown offers a variety of other cultural experiences no matter your tastes. Here are some of the local favorite hangouts that you will love when you live in the neighborhood:
Catch A Show At The Wiltern: The Wiltern is a gorgeous 12-story art deco venue that hosts movie nights and acts from all across the globe. The gorgeous decor makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the Hollywood glamour of the 1930s. The vintage decor and breathtaking architecture was recently restored, so it looks nearly brand new.
Sing Karaoke At Gaam: For a fun and silly excursion, make sure to grab the mic and Gaam and sing some Karaoke with friends. Gaam is a great place to hang out and meet people, so it is a must if you are new to the neighborhood.
Wi Spa USA: Looking for a little relaxation, definitely check out Wi Spa. It’s open 24 hours a day so no matter what time you need to kick back for a little self-indulgence, they’ve got you covered. They offer traditional Korean spa soaks as well as some of the latest innovations in spa treatments.
Koreatown Plaza: If you are in the mood do to do a little shopping, Koreatown Plaza has anything you could need. It’s an Asian-styled mall that offers unique finds from all over the world. Don’t forget to hit the massive food court for a snack when you need a little more shopping fuel.
Aroma Resort: If you are an avid golfer, or just like to play sports, Aroma Resort has you covered. It’s a four-story, semi-indoor golf range that offers everything for both amateurs and seasoned golfers. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon with friends or family.