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Mapping 10 Things to Do When You're Staying in Koreatown

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All Hotels Week long, we'll be providing map guides with advice on what to eat/drink/do when you're staying at five LA hotels in five different neighborhoods. Discover something new, whether you're a tourist or a cross-town staycationer.

Koreatown's The Line Hotel (take a full tour here) gives guests four free hours on Line-branded Linus bikes (plus bike route maps) and an in-room guide in order to nudge visitors into looking beyond the traditional tourist-trap destinations and actually getting to know this very diverse corner of Los Angeles. Beyond all the many places to eat and drink, there are historic houses and iconic buildings all within walking distance. Whether cruising through Windsor Square and Hancock Park or taking in a movie at the one of the least busy, least screaming-child-filled theaters in Los Angeles, Ktown can keep you entertained for days and we have just the map to get you started.

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1. The Line Hotel

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3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 381-7411

If you're staying here, you've got a lot of reasons to hang around the hotel: beautiful views, a great bar, and a tech-outfitted room.

2. Wi Spa

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2700 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 487-2700
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Boo-hoo: Ktown hotels do not have day-use hotel pools. Who needs a pool when you can submit to the fully relaxing experience of a Korean spa? Wi Spa is one of the newest spas in the 'hood and our friends at Racked report that it has modern conveniences like WiFi, plus five restaurants, while still offering the trappings of a traditional Korean spa (full nudity across age ranges).

3. Lock & Key

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239 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Ktown's got speakeasy-style drinking (R Bar, anyone?). Lock & Key now has food service (that's rumored to be pretty good), so that puts it at the top of the list for us.

4. Wilshire Boulevard Temple

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3663 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

This recently renovated temple is gorgeous inside, as we saw on a recent tour. Built in 1929, the building holds murals and "the most important organ in the West by people who know about organs." Pop in or attend one of their many events to get a better look.

5. Mountain Cafe

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3064 W 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(306) 498-8478

, but this 24-hour joint (on the list) exemplifies the all-night vibe that makes Ktown great. Insomniacs, drunks, and jetlagged travelers will never be forced to eat food from a gas station or Denny's in this neighborhood.

6. Wilshire / Vermont Metro Station

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3191 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(800) 266-6883
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Not only can hop onto the subway at this hub, it's also the site of the Wilshire Central Farmers Market on Fridays. Not finding what you're looking for? Not too far away on Sundays is the Larchmont Farmers Market.

7. The Heart House

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112 North Harvard Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Go Koreatown-adjacent to Hancock Park and Windsor Square, where giant, beautiful homes dot the blocks and make for a great place to stroll and enjoy the scenery. The Heart House, a gorgeous Craftsman and a city historic-cultural monument is a good place to start your walk.

8. Pollo A La Brasa

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764 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 387-1531

Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken from Spanish-speaking, ethnically Korean restaurateurs—nothing encapsulates the full-on melting pot of the neighborhood like this place. Also, it's DELICIOUS. Always get fries, always get ají (salsa-like sauce).

9. CGV Cinemas

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621 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 388-9000
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Tucked into on the fourth floor of the Ma Dang shopping center just north of Wilshire/Western is a clean, quiet, relatively little-trafficked theater that shows mainstream and Korean films (with English subtitles). Even when it's full, this hidden gem is quiet, clean, and comfortable.

10. Papa Cristo's Catering & Greek Taverna

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2771 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 737-2970
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If the Korean and American snacks in your minibar aren't your style, stock up on imported Greek olive oils, vinegars, cheeses, and pastries at this iconic Byzantine-Latino-Quarter eatery and market.

11. Beer Belly

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532 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 387-2337
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This spot in the back of a parking lot on Western lets guests vote on the tunes and has craft beers on tap. Their bar food is better than most; our friends over at Eater highly recommend the mac and cheese.

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1. The Line Hotel

3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

If you're staying here, you've got a lot of reasons to hang around the hotel: beautiful views, a great bar, and a tech-outfitted room.

3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

2. Wi Spa

2700 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Boo-hoo: Ktown hotels do not have day-use hotel pools. Who needs a pool when you can submit to the fully relaxing experience of a Korean spa? Wi Spa is one of the newest spas in the 'hood and our friends at Racked report that it has modern conveniences like WiFi, plus five restaurants, while still offering the trappings of a traditional Korean spa (full nudity across age ranges).

2700 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

3. Lock & Key

239 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Ktown's got speakeasy-style drinking (R Bar, anyone?). Lock & Key now has food service (that's rumored to be pretty good), so that puts it at the top of the list for us.

239 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

4. Wilshire Boulevard Temple

3663 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

This recently renovated temple is gorgeous inside, as we saw on a recent tour. Built in 1929, the building holds murals and "the most important organ in the West by people who know about organs." Pop in or attend one of their many events to get a better look.

3663 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

5. Mountain Cafe

3064 W 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005

, but this 24-hour joint (on the list) exemplifies the all-night vibe that makes Ktown great. Insomniacs, drunks, and jetlagged travelers will never be forced to eat food from a gas station or Denny's in this neighborhood.

3064 W 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

6. Wilshire / Vermont Metro Station

3191 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

Not only can hop onto the subway at this hub, it's also the site of the Wilshire Central Farmers Market on Fridays. Not finding what you're looking for? Not too far away on Sundays is the Larchmont Farmers Market.

3191 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

7. The Heart House

112 North Harvard Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Go Koreatown-adjacent to Hancock Park and Windsor Square, where giant, beautiful homes dot the blocks and make for a great place to stroll and enjoy the scenery. The Heart House, a gorgeous Craftsman and a city historic-cultural monument is a good place to start your walk.

112 North Harvard Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004

8. Pollo A La Brasa

764 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken from Spanish-speaking, ethnically Korean restaurateurs—nothing encapsulates the full-on melting pot of the neighborhood like this place. Also, it's DELICIOUS. Always get fries, always get ají (salsa-like sauce).

764 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

9. CGV Cinemas

621 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Tucked into on the fourth floor of the Ma Dang shopping center just north of Wilshire/Western is a clean, quiet, relatively little-trafficked theater that shows mainstream and Korean films (with English subtitles). Even when it's full, this hidden gem is quiet, clean, and comfortable.

621 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

10. Papa Cristo's Catering & Greek Taverna

2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

If the Korean and American snacks in your minibar aren't your style, stock up on imported Greek olive oils, vinegars, cheeses, and pastries at this iconic Byzantine-Latino-Quarter eatery and market.

2771 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

11. Beer Belly

532 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

This spot in the back of a parking lot on Western lets guests vote on the tunes and has craft beers on tap. Their bar food is better than most; our friends over at Eater highly recommend the mac and cheese.

532 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020