Cross­ing bor­ders with Kore­atowns

MOVE OVER CHI­NA­TOWN – KOREATOWN IS THE NEW HEART AND S(E)OUL OF YOUR CITY.

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SÃO PAULO

Brazil has sev­eral Korean en­claves but a Koreatown was formed in Bom Re­tiro, a densely pop­u­lated area of Brazil’s big­gest city, São Paulo. The largest Koreatown in South Amer­ica, it is the place to go for a Korean church, mini marts, and the quin­tes­sen­tial Korean restau­rants and bar­be­cue spots. São Paulo has also des­ig­nated 15 Au­gust as Korean Cul­ture Day.

TORONTO

Toronto of­fi­cially dubbed the area on Bloor Street, from Bathurst Street to Christie Street, as Koreatown in 2004. Since then, the Korean com­mu­nity in Toronto has filled the area with Korean gro­cery stores, hair­dressers and karaoke bars. The en­clave also of­fers a wide range of Korean restau­rants, high-end­fash­ion bou­tiques, herbal­ists, acupunc­tur­ists and many other unique ser­vices and shops that are stocked with made-in-korea mer­chan­dise. Just like in Korea, Koreatown Toronto hosts a Spring Dano Fes­ti­val on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Korean Lu­nar Cal­en­dar.

LOS AN­GE­LES

The big­gest Koreatown in the world, the Greater Los An­ge­les Area is also home to the largest num­ber of eth­nic Kore­ans, with a pop­u­la­tion of over 300,000. Dur­ing the 1994 Asian Mar­ket Cri­sis, the City of An­gels saw South Korean in­vestors sought to in­vest in the then-prof­itable Cal­i­for­nia real-estate mar­ket. It now in­cludes two three-storey in­door shop­ping malls, a mas­sive mar­ket with over 70 stores, a ware­house that is home to ev­ery­thing Korean, plus the usual bar­be­cue restau­rants.

JAKARTA

At 31,000 sq m, the Koreatown block at north Jakarta Pu­lo­mas is the first ar­ti­fi­cially made Lit­tle Korea in the world, with seven blocks and nine build­ings. The Korean pop­u­la­tion in In­done­sia stands at ap­prox­i­mately 40,000, which makes In­done­sia the 12th largest coun­try with Kore­ans liv­ing out­side Korea.

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