Los Angeles Korean Festival
The Los Angeles Korean Festival is a four-day celebration of Korean food, shopping, performance, and heritage that takes place in Koreatown’s Seoul International Park annually. Going into its 44th year, the festival continuously draws a huge multiracial, multi age crowd providing a window into authentic Korean culture. The food available is a combination of traditional Korean treats, such as Mung Bean pancakes and dumplings, and popular fusion cuisine, such as bulgogi-covered fries and short rib tacos.
The festival places value in showcasing Korean history and heritage through a massive 100-foot wall in the middle of the festival. Traditional Jinju Namgang light lamps adorn the festival, giving festival goers the feeling that they are really in South Korea. The Korean Parade down Olympic Boulevard is an opportunity for community members and organizations to don traditional garb and walk together with pride. Music and dance are another huge part of the festival, showcasing the growing popularity of Korean pop music side-by-side with performances geared towards older community members. The power of Hallyu, which translates to the Korean Wave and references the rapid diffusion of Korean culture, is embodied in the LA Korean Festival’s infectious, multifaceted presentation of what it means to be Korean in Los Angeles today.