Wilshire Branch Library

Wilshire Branch Library

Address: 149 N St Andrews Pl
Phone Number: 323-957-4550

In addition to the Pio Pico Library, another LAPL branch that serves what is still considered the Koreatown area of Los Angeles is the Wilshire Library. It doesn’t have as extensive a collection of Korean books or resources, but it’s the next best branch.

(The Central Library in downtown LA also has a significant amount of Korean-language materials.)

Closed on Monday, October 11, in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Koreatown LA Map

Koreatown LA Map

Address: Olympic Boulevard
Phone Number: NA

The Los Angeles City Council in 2010 formally declared Koreatown’s borders as Western, Olympic, Vermont, and 3rd… with a business corridor on Western from 3rd to Rosewood.

Wiltern Subway Station

Wilshire / Western Metro Station

Address: 3775 Wilshire Blvd
Phone Number: (800) 366-6883

Purple Line metro station at intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue (the subway is on the northeast corner)

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Lafayette Skate Park

Address: 625 S La Fayette Park Pl
Phone Number: (213) 384-0562

Westlake district, just east of Koreatown proper

Berendo Middle School

Address: 1157 S Berendo St
Phone Number: (213) 739-5600

Berendo Middle School (LAUSD) is a public school located just south of Koreatown’s formal borders. Cinema Makeup SchoolCharles H. Kim Elementary SchoolMariposa-Nabi SchoolWilshire Park Elementary School

Koreatown Gateway Sign: Olympic & Vermont

Address: Olympic & Vermont
Phone Number: NA

Two pairs of Koreatown gateway structures can be seen on either side of Olympic Boulevard, along the stretch that the city has formally designated as Koreatown. One pair is on the western end, just a few steps east of Western Avenue. Another pair is on the eastern end near Olympic Boulevard & Vermont Avenue. (The photo above is one of the gateway structures near Vermont, on the north side of Olympic.) Aside from the prominent white stencil announcing the area’s designation as Koreatown, each structure is topped with a Bong Huang (봉황), a mythical bird recognized in East Asian culture as a symbol of prosperity and happiness. Pio Pico Koreatown LibraryKoreatown LA MapWilshire / Vermont Metro StationPublic Transportation in Koreatown

Mariposa Nabi PC

Mariposa-Nabi School

Address: 987 S Mariposa Ave
Phone Number: 213-385-0241

Opened in the fall of 2005, the Mariposa-Nabi Primary Center is housed in a strikingly colorful building for students in kindergarten to second grade. Mariposa is the name of the street on which the school entrance is; it means “butterfly” in Spanish, while “Nabi” (나비) is the Korean word for “butterfly.”