Koreatown took some heavy hits in the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Hundreds of businesses were set on fire and whole blocks were destroyed. But it's hard to imagine that ever happened as you walk this neighborhood's streets today. Cool restaurants, bars, and speakeasies are dotted around the streets. A mix of Korean-American families, hipsters, and young professionals occupy the apartment buildings that provide the housing for this community. Big businesses occupy the office towers lining the main thoroughfare, Wilshire Boulevard.
For traditionalists, there are still plenty of little Korean shopping plazas, their stores and cheap Korean restaurants made obvious by neon signs that glow late into the night. And you can always wrap up a late night out at one of the many karaoke joints.
Burbank: 10.4 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit
Century City: 7.2 miles / 25-60 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit
Downtown LA: 4.1 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 25-35 minutes by transit
Santa Monica: 12.8 miles / 30-70 minutes by car / 70-75 minutes by transit
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