Places to Explore/Sights to See
- The Koreatown Pavilion Garden, Da Wool Jung, is located in the heart of Koreatown, and was dedicated in 2006. The 5,000 square foot pavilion is located across the street from the location of the first Korean grocery store, opened in the 1960s. Made of pine and dyed in traditional shades of green, rust, and red, the open-air pavilion is topped by an upswept tiled roof and contains a seating area open to the public. The project was initiated by the Korean American Chamber of Commerce and funded by private and public funds. The site was provided by the city of Los Angeles. Da Wool Jung is Koreatown's gateway monument to symbolize the cultural, economic, and political growth of the Korean American community.
- Formed in 1991, Korea American Museum is dedicated not only to increasing our understanding of the Korean American experience, but also to fostering creative approaches to advancing Korean American culture.
- The Wiltern Theatre first opened its doors to the action picture crowds on October 7th, 1931. Recognized by the City of Los Angeles as a Historic Cultural Monument, this Art Deco Landmark was refurbished and restored to its creative brilliance in 1985, under the bearing of Bill Graham Presents. Following a famous history of performances and actions, a $1.5 million facelift led to the Grand Re-Opening on October 15, 2002.
- Koreatown hosts many options for entertainment, with restaurants, markets, cafes, bars and other options for people of all age and ethnicities. There are two theaters, www.cgvcinemas.com and www.mpark4.com, as well as a major live music venue, the Wiltern Theater.
- Those looking for more family style activities may visit Seoul International Park, or Shatto Recreation Center for numerous classes, sports activities and fun for the whole family.
- Koreatown Walking Tour offers a monthly tour of Koreatown led by experienced docents. Starting at Da Wool Jung, the tour makes 9 stops ending at one of the older shopping center, Koreatown Galleria. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ktown-Walking-Tour/124768690946519
- Koreatown is leading the new trend – day spas – in the Los Angeles area. There are at least a dozen day spas where one can rest, relax, socialize, eat….Days can be spent enjoying the experience.
- There are over 400 restaurants in and around Koreatown, serving a diverse community. The restaurants range from Korean, Mexican, Salvadorian, Chinese, Japanese and many more. If you are looking for a specific type of food, you can probably find it in Koreatown. Some of the better-known restaurants can be found on www.yelp.com or www.visitkoreatown.org
- There are a number of shopping choices in Koreatown that can satisfy all price points. Koreatown Plaza (Western and 9th) and Olympic Galleria (Olympic and Western) are two of the better-known one-stop shopping centers in Koreatown. Those on a more frugal budget can visit Kim’s (Olympic and Ardmore) or Chung’s (7th and Wilshire Place) for your entire house hold needs. More shopping outlets can be found on www.yelp.com and www.visitkoreatown.org