L.A.'s K-Town: Exploring Wilshire Boulevard | Los Angeles Conservancy
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L.A.'s K-Town: Exploring Wilshire Boulevard

Exploring Wilshire Boulevard Walking Tour

Saturday, November 4, 2017
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This at-your-own-pace tour explored Koreatown's commercial and cultural development along Wilshire Boulevard.

See the PDF tour booklet >>

About the Tour

This walking tour will explored the history and architecture of Koreatown, focusing primarily on Wilshire Boulevard.

Tourgoers strolled through the neighborhood and visited historic sites in any order, at their own pace. About a half dozen sites included interior tours, with Conservancy docents on hand to provide architectural, historical, and cultural information. Other sites had docents outside, and even were marked as points of interest to note along the way. A few highlights include:

  • Willard H. George Building: An Art Deco gem that has been closed to the public for years. It is currently undergoing a full restoration - see the incredible project as it nears completion.
  • Chapman Court: Never before open to the public, explore this stunning Spanish Colonial Revival icon inside and out!
  • The Wiltern: Join us for an opening presentation by expert panelists at this spectacular Art Deco theatre, one of the Conservancy's earliest major victories.
  • Iconic houses of worship, including St. Basil Catholic ChurchImmanuel Presbyterian Church, and Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
Event Timeline

8:30 a.m.: Check-in opens; The Wiltern opens for tours
10 - 10:45 a.m.: Opening panel presentation at The Wiltern
11 a.m.: All other tour sites open
11:30 a.m.: The Wiltern tour site closes
12 p.m.: Check-in closes
4:30 p.m.: Tour sites close

Panelists

At our opening presentation at The Wiltern, expert panelists discussed Koreatown's past and future. Panelists included:

Edward T. Chang, Director of Young Oak Kim Center at the University of California, Riverside 

Wayne Ratkovitch, The Ratkovitch Company

David E. Ryu, Los Angeles City Councilmember, City Council District 4