Koreatown is a diverse neighbourhood located in central Los Angeles, California just west of downtown bordered by Eighth Street and Western Avenue. The area contains the highest concentration of residents in L.A. County and serves as a cultural melting pot equipped with attractive buildings, plentiful shopping areas, local restaurants, avid nightlife, and comprehensive museums.
Koreatown houses the iconic Korean American Museum, an exhibition gallery devoted to the preservation of Korean American culture. Shopping epicentres of the area include Koreatown Plaza and Koreatown Gallery. Other popular attractions consist of an array of karaoke bars notably R. Bar, Brass Monkey, and Stop Sok, traditional cuisine represented by Guelaguetza, OB Bear, and Biergarten, as well as the notable Koreatown Pavilion Garden.
Public transportation in Koreatown is serviced by the Purple metro line, with corresponding stops at Wilshire/Normandie, Wilshire/Vermont and Wilshire/Western. There are also Express, Rapid, and Local buses in operation. Walking is an additional form of transportation around the district.
Koreatown has historically been associated with Hollywood since the early 1990s, attributing to its lavish elements and encompassing appeal. The commercially focused development of the region transformed Koreatown into one of the most desirable entertainment centres in the country with one of the most diverse residential populations.