Bureau of Street Services
Koreatown Gateway & Streetscape
Project Area: Wilshire Center/Koreatown Project Area
Project: Koreatown Gateway & Streetscape
Project Location: Olympic Boulevard between Vermont and Western Avenues
Project Type: CRA/LA Initiated
This Project was a collaborative effort between Council District 10, Bureau of Street Services, and the Community Redevelopment Agency. Designed by the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Street Services architect Anne Kim, the project was conceptualized with considerable input from local residents and merchants. The project provided streetscape improvements along a 1.1 mile length of the Olympic Boulevard corridor between Vermont and Western Avenues. This 17 block area along Olympic Boulevard has been known as Koreatown since the early 1970s and is now home to the annual Korean Parade and Fall festival. Four architectural gateways were designed as part of this project to define Koreatown in Los Angeles and welcome visitors to this distinct neighborhood. The design concepts originated from the Korean flag which features the Yin & Yang symbol signifying balance and harmony, and patterns from traditional Korean architecture. Other streetscape elements include light fixtures, decorative crosswalks, and paving medallions which commemorate the 1932 Olympic Games, after which Olympic Boulevard was named.