Bullocks Wishire: Art Deco Building in Los Angeles

Bullocks Wilshire

Address: 3050 Wilshire Blvd
Phone Number: 213-738-6700

Nicknamed the “Cathedral of Commerce” at one time, this art deco building trimmed in terra cotta and copper was the former site of Bullocks Department Store. It currently serves as the main library for the Southwestern Law School.

Virgil Middle School

Address: 152 N Vermont Ave
Phone Number: (213) 368-2800

Virgil Middle School serves approximately 1,500 students in grades 5-8 in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Lost their Academic Performance Index rating in September 2011 over a teacher’s suspected cheating on the state’s standardized tests. Technically located north of Koreatown proper, in the East Hollywood area of Los Angeles.

Wilshire Park Elementary School

Address: 4063 Ingraham St
Phone Number: (213) 739-4760

Wilshire Park Elementary School is an LAUSD public school located just west of Koreatown proper. “LAUSD’s only SMART showcase school”

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.”

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. Founded in 1896, the student body is currently 92% Hispanic. Grades six to eight.

Young Oak Kim Academy

Address: 615 Shatto Pl
Phone Number: 213-739-6500

A middle school within the Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District 4. It was established in 2009 as the only middle school in the LAUSD to practice single-sex education (different curricula and learning environments for girls and boys). YOKA is named in honor of Colonel Young-Oak Kim, the first Asian-American colonel to lead a US battalion in war. It is LA’s first middle school, and the third school overall, named for a Korean. Located near the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, it is part of a multi-use site that includes an apartment building, retail space, and eating establishments. The school was designed to alleviate overcrowding at Berendo and Virgil middle schools. Young Oak Kim opened on September […]

Charles H. Kim Elementary School

Address: 225 S Oxford Ave
Phone Number: 213-368-5600

Highly regarded school that was dedicated in October 2006. About 600 students in kindergarten through fifth grade are served. Special programs include Korean Bilingual, Spanish/English Dual Language, and Gifted classes. In 2011, the school was designated a School for Advanced Studies. Bomb scare during the lunch hour on September 7th, 2011.

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.