Studio X + Mail Express

Address: 928 S Western Ave
Phone Number: (213) 380-8477

USPS-approved shipper inside Koreatown Plaza. Accepts mail until 7:00 pm, although cut-off time is around 3:00 pm. Prices are the same as with regular post offices — no markup. Envelopes, stamps… Passport photos are $20 for 4 pictures.

Gamja Bawi

Address: 928 S Western Ave
Phone Number: (213) 387-5581

Located in the Koreatown Plaza food court, Gamja Bawi serves popular Korean dishes like dolsot bibimbap (rice and vegetables in a hot stone pot) and bulgogi (marinated beef) with rice. The term “Gamja Bawi” refers to people from Gangwon province, where gamja (“potato”) has been widely cultivated. Bawi does NOT refer to “rock” as many ignorant writers have published. Bawi is a modified pronunciation of bau, which is a dialectical suffix for marking a ethnonym. Last orders are taken by 8:00 pm on most evenings.

KAYA: Boba, Curry, Porridge

Address: 928 S Western Ave
Phone Number: (213) 738-5954

Located at the Koreatown Plaza food court, KAYA is famous for three things — boba drinks, premium curry dishes, and jook (traditional Korean porridge).

M&J – Moved from Plaza to Galleria

Address: 928 S Western Ave
Phone Number: (213) 388-2825

** Has moved from Koreatown Plaza to Koreatown Galleria. M&J Vogue sells clothes for women between the ages of late teens to late 30’s. Apparel boutique catering to the Korean “missy” clientele with its hats and dresses. Was located on the top floor of Koreatown Plaza near the elevator. Had a small upper loft. Number changed from (213) 388-2825 to (323) 731-1595 after the move from the Plaza to the Galleria.

Seoul Soondae House

Address: 928 S Western Ave
Phone Number: (213) 739-0606

Seoul Soondae House serves traditional Korean blood sausages. This stall is located in the food court of Koreatown Plaza on Western Avenue. (There had been another restaurant called Seoul Soondae House on 6th Street at Alexandria Plaza). Closes by 8:30 or earlier on most days.

Amore & Laneige

Address: 928 S Western Ave
Phone Number: (213) 385-9062

Formerly known as The Amore Plaza. Carries the beauty care products of the famous Amore company of South Korea.  Their target customers are second-generation Korean Americans who have some familiarity with the brand names from the homeland. Hair Care, Skin Care, & Cosmetics Brands: Iope, Sulwhasoo (pronounced Sohl-hwa-sue), Mirepa, Laneige (including the men’s line), Mamonde… IOPE BB CREAM (SPF 20) with Triple Effect of Brightening, Anti-Wrinkle, UV Protection. Located in Suite #213 on street level. Open seven days a week, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Bosco Bakery Cafe

Address: 928 S Western Ave
Phone Number: (213) 736-0404

Poorly rated bakery inside Koreatown Plaza. Enter through the parking structure on 9th Street early in the morning because the mall’s Western Avenue entrance doesn’t open until 10 AM on most days, 11 AM on Sundays. Pastries include sweet-potato bread, Asian-style “French toast” and tarts… The coffee bar has caramel macchiato, plum tea, iced peach tea, patbingsoo (Korean shaved ice) and strawberry lemonade. Sweet-potato cake to serve eight people is $36 USD.

Plaza Alterations & Dry Cleaning

Address: 928 S Western Ave
Phone Number: (213) 383-3223

Cleaners and tailor/seamstress. Pants hemming $12 Possibly the only dry-cleaning place open in Koreatown on Sunday. Located on one side of the hallway leading from the parking garage into the second floor of Koreatown Plaza. Open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on most days.

Marie Nails at the Plaza

Address: 928 S Western Ave
Phone Number: (213) 388-3227

Part of a popular Japanese franchise, this nail salon inside Koreatown Plaza is always booked solid weeks in advance. Manicures $10. Pedicures $20. CalGel $35. Credit cards accepted only for $50 or more. Has gift certificates.

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.