Traveling to South Korea would be the dream, but for a lot of people it’s not quite as easy as dropping everything and taking a nice vacation. It can cost a bit of money and time to be able to travel, so we have the some alternative solutions that might be a little bit closer to home.
Here are 5 locations outside of Korea that have a Koreatown!
- Los Angeles, U.S.A
One of the most popular Koreatowns is found in sunny California. In L.A., the home to a few K-pop idols, there is a large Korean population, making it the perfect place to thrive. Recognized for its abundance of food, there are a lot of restaurants, and one of the most popular meals is Korean BBQ. Luckily, there are more than ten locations to visit if you want to grill your own food and get a lot of banchan!
- New York, U.S.A
Visiting the city of dreams, you can find a new kind of dream town. Koreatown in New York is home to businesses upon businesses that are stacked on top of each other. Keeping it busy, this area offers many different restaurants that are open 24/7, making it perfect for visiting at any time. Korea Way also offers at least four hotels, so you can stay in in the middle of the action to take it all in.
- Sydney, Australia
Focusing on mainly Pitt Street, Koreatown in Australia is small but full of local businesses that offer anything from food to beauty shops. This location doesn’t have a lot of skyscrapers, but instead has a strip mall-style architecture, making it easy to walk down the streets and stop in shops within twenty-five feet of each other. You can stop at a grocery store, a bakery, and even some shops that are set up like street food carts where you can get food to-go!
- Toronto, Canada
With a cute name like “Little Korea,” you can’t go wrong with visiting Koreatown in Toronto. Like every Koreatown, this is the place to go for some authentic Korean food, but it also holds other treasures to be discovered. You can find places that sell cute little trinkets, souvenirs, and places that sell Korean goods handmade in Canada. If you visit this location, make sure to plan on bringing a lot of extras home!
- New Malden, England
Although smaller than some others, this Koreatown still has a lot to offer. Mixed with the residential areas of New Malden, it's a bit dispersed through the town. Not to fret, you can still find a lot of fun things to do. One popular and easy to find activity is karaoke! Popular in Korea and called “noraebong,” karaoke can be easily found on High Street. Make sure to visit and sing your heart to your favorite K-pop group if you’re in England!
These are just a few of the Koreatowns located outside of South Korea, and there a a lot more that are bigger and smaller than the ones mentioned here.
Let us know where the closest Koreatown is to you and what fun activities are most recognized in your community!