Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

Address: 701 S Catalina St 90005
Phone Number: (213) 480-4500

RFK Community Schools at the former site of the Ambassador Hotel… In 2001, the Los Angeles Unified School District bought the property,  and in 2006, the historic hotel was torn down to make way for three new schools — an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. The RFK school complex opened in 2010 and serves 4,200 students at a price tag of $578 million — the nation’s most expensive public school ever.

Gaylord Building in LA

Address: 3355 Wilshire Blvd 90010
Phone Number: 213-389-4161

Built in 1924 by JB Lilly and PB Fletcher, the Gaylord buiding was named after real-estate mogul Henry Gaylord Wilshire. It is a 13-story Italian Renaissance building across from where the Ambassador Hotel and Cocoanut Grove used to be. To the direct west of the Gaylord is the Brown Derby Plaza. HMS Bounty restaurant is located on the 1st floor.  The nearest metro stop is at Wilshire & Normandie.

Koreatown Sign: Olympic & Western

Koreatown Gateway Sign: Olympic & Western

Address: Olympic & Western 90006
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 structure near Western, 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.

Koreatown Gateway Sign: Olympic & Vermont

Address: Olympic & Vermont 90006
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.

Norwell Apartments

Address: 304 S Manhattan Pl 90020
Phone Number: (818) 660-6432

Five-story old apartment building with fire escape. North-facing vintage sign on building is visible from 3rd Street. The so-called “ghost sign” on the outer wall of the building says: NORWELL APARTMENTS. SINGLES DOUBLES. Has been rebranded by developers as “The Manhattan” Apartments. Location: 304 South Manhattan Place Just a few steps south of 3rd Street. Southeast corner with the street known as Manhattan Place.

Korean Gazebo: Dawooljung

Address: W Olympic Blvd & Irolo St 90006
Phone Number: NA

A 5,000 sq-ft traditional Korean gazebo with a small garden on the northeast corner of Olympic and Irolo. It is across the street from where Koreatown began with a Korean grocery store in the late 1960s.

3457 Wilshire Blvd

Address: 3457 Wilshire Blvd 90010
Phone Number: (213) 383-5126

One of the few Art Deco buildings from the 1930s still in existence in the mid-Wilshire area… Fifteen-minute video courtesy of the the Indonesian Consulate. Northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Mariposa Avenue.

Koryo Sah Buddhist Temple: Western Avenue

Korea Sah (Buddhist Temple)

Address: 500 N Western Ave 90004
Phone Number: (323) 957-0500

KORYOSA (Koryo Temple) at one point had 3,000 members. The building was once a social hall for Czech-Americans. Transit: Western / Maplewood

Chung Ki Wa Plaza

Address: 3003 W Olympic Blvd 90006
Phone Number: NA

Prominent strip mall on Olympic Boulevard with a strong Korean theme in its architecture. Tenants include Korean restaurants Gamjagol, Normandy Pharmacy, Western Union, Computer Land, Number One Massage, Triple Alterations, Jang Ga Ne, and Black & White. A Koreatown sign and the sign for Sammy Lee Square is located right by it.

In 2010, the Los Angeles City Council formally declared Koreatown's borders as Western Avenue, Olympic Boulevard, Vermont Avenue, and 3rd Street, with a business corridor on Western from 3rd to Rosewood Avenue.