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Koreatown is a term to describe the Korean ethnic enclave within a city or metropolitan area.



Toronto, Ontario

Main article: Koreatown, Toronto

Toronto's primary Korea Town is located on Bloor Street, roughly between Bathurst and Christie Streets.

Vancouver, British Columbia

The major Korean shopping enclave is located along North Road, on the border between Burnaby and Coquitlam. Other important Korean commercial areas include Kingsway in Vancouver and Robson Street in the West End.



One prominent area is the Wudaokou section.


Shenyang has a large Koreatown.


During the 1910 to 1945 colonial period, particularly during World War II, Japan forcibly imported approximately 2.4 million Koreans to work as laborers. While most departed after the war, many chose to remain in hopes of better economic prospects. Today, Koreans, or the zainichi chosenjin, are the largest ethnic minority in Japan, amounting to 620,000 in 2002. They are a key source of remittances to North Korea.

Osaka, Osaka

Main article: Koreatown, Osaka

The Korean enclave in the city of Osaka, numbering over 90,000, is by far the largest in Japan, concentrated in the Ikuno Ward, where 25% of the inhabitans are of Korean origin. Tsuruhasi in the Ward is the most famous Koreatown in Japan. The total Korean population in Osaka prefecture amounted to 150,000 in 2002.

Shinjuku, Tokyo

According to official statistics in 2002, the Korean population in Tokyo amounted to 80,000, which was the second largest following that of Osaka. Unlike other Japanese Koreatowns, the small Korean-oriented commercial district in Shijuku Ward developed after World War II, and is dominated by immigrants who have retained their ethnic identity. Shin-Okubo Station is a famous area for these immigrants.

Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Approximately 3000 ethnic Koreans live in Kawasaki. Although most have assimilated, it remains one of the largest concentrations of Korean-Japanese in Eastern Japan.

Kyoto, Kyoto

A small Koreatown has developed in the Gion neighborhood (the Geisha district) of Kyoto. Kyoto prefecture is home to approximately 38,000 ethnic Koreans in 2002.

United States

Category:Ethnic communities in the United States

A Korean American is a person of Korean ancestry who was either born in or is an immigrant to the United States.

Annandale, Virginia

Although not officially titled a Koreatown, it is considered as the "Korean Town" of Washington DC Metro, which hosts the third most number of Koreans in the United States after Los Angeles and New York City (the term Koreatown offend some members of the area's civic associations who are mostly non-Asian and who protest whenever their hometown is referred to as a Korean enclave). There is a significant number of Korean businesses along Little River Turnpike, mainly restaurants. Although there was a significant number of Koreans living in the past decades, it is significant low in present days as Hispanic population rapidly increased during 1990's.

Atlanta, Georgia

A small Korean commercial district has developed around Buford Highway in suburban Doraville. However, the area is not exclusively Korean; the area also many Chinese and Vietnamese businesses. A second center for ethnic Koreans has recently arisen in the Duluth district. Even here, there are over 45 other dialects spoken. Other areas are developing rapidly along South Cobb Drive in Smyrna, the suburb of Norcross, and Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain. Atlanta is home to an estimated 100,000 Asians of all ethnicities, with Koreans being the most widely represented.

Bergen County, New Jersey

A significant number of Korean immigrants and their descendants now live in Bergen County. They are most prevalent in communities such as Fort Lee, Englewood Cliffs, Palisades Park, Cliffside Park, and Edgewater, communities near the NJ side of the George Washington Bridge.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Koreatown is located along Lawrence Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood on the city's Northwest Side.

There is also a significant Korean commercial area located on Lincoln Avenue south of Peterson and north of Foster and a significant number of Koreans live in Northbrook and Glenview; northern suburbs of Chicago.

Dallas, Texas

A Koreatown can be found in Dallas near I-35 and Royal Lane.

Houston, Texas

A Koreatown can be found in Houston along Gessner north of Interstate 10.

Los Angeles, California

Main article: Koreatown, Los Angeles, California

Koreatown, also known as Wilshire Center (and including neighborhoods formerly known as Harvard Heights and Pico Heights), is a district of the city.

New York City

Main article: Koreatown, Manhattan

The area around Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) and 32nd Street in Manhattan has emerged as an enclave of Korean restaurants and businesses. It is this neighborhood, near Herald Square, which is usually named as New York's Koreatown; however, a significant Korean population and commercial center can be found in Queens, especially in neighborhoods such as Elmhurst and Flushing.

Oakland, California

A strip of Korean businesses along Telegraph Avenue near the MacArthur BART station has developed into a genuine cultural center for the 60,000-odd ethnic Koreans in the San Francisco Bay Area. The emergence of this area has coincided with urban renewal and gentrification in downtown Oakland, provoking some conflict with the more established African-American population.

Another center is 14th Street, between Franklin and Jackson Streets next to Chinatown.

San Diego, California

Korean businesses in San Diego are most concentrated in the Kearny Mesa area, particularly along Convoy Street between Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and south of Balboa Avenue.

United Kingdom

London, England



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