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About Koreatown Maryland

Indulge in a Culinary Extravaganza Discover a melting pot of Asian culinary delights that extend beyond Korean cuisine, showcasing the diverse flavors and aromas of the entire continent. From delectable Korean dishes to other Asian culinary gems, Koreatown promises a gastronomic adventure for all.

Retail Therapy with an Asian Flair Unleash your inner shopaholic in Koreatown's eclectic boutiques, featuring a blend of Korean and other Asian fashion, crafts, and goods. This ten-mile stretch is a shopping haven where you can explore the diverse styles and products inspired by the rich heritage of Asia.

Coffee, Bakeries, and Beyond Savor international flavors of Koreatown's coffee shops and bakeries, offering a fusion of tastes that extend beyond Korean boundaries. Indulge in a delightful blend of Asian-inspired beverages and pastries as you traverse this dynamic stretch.

Indulge in Korean Wellness and Beauty Journey into Korean wellness and beauty. From rejuvenating spas and diverse beauty products to supplements inspired by Korean traditions, this corridor provides a comprehensive experience for those seeking relaxation, skincare, and holistic health. 

Koreatown Planning Committee Board

The Koreatown Planning Committee Board, Inc. (KPCB) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and was established to aesthetically improve the existing “Korean Way” signage located along Route 40 and re-brand as ” Koreatown” by funding the installation of two traditional Korean palace style sign, which were the first of their kind in the United States. Re-branding as “Koreatown” boosts tourism, fosters economic and fiscal growth, and promotes the unique Korean-American culture and history through businesses and community members. See the news coverage of the event below.

Two “Hanok” traditional Korean palace-style signs with pillars and a tiled roof were constructed on the east bound and westbound side of Baltimore National Pike. These Hanok signs were completed by Korean national living human treasures, specialized in Korean traditional carpentry, in Korea without using any nails and transported to Maryland for the final assembly. Howard County's Koreatown with these signs was the first of its kind in the United States. The raw materials used in Hanok, such as soil, timber, and rock, are all natural and recyclable and do not cause pollution.

Koreatown transforms its surrounding area to be vibrant, healthy, and wealthy. Cultural exhibitions, festivals, and landmarks make the area a destination for local, domestic, and international tourists and residents, offering memorable experiences. Small businesses, including restaurants and entertainment venues, prosper in the local economy and generate jobs. Educational initiatives welcome any Marylanders to share the stories of Korean Americans settling down in the area over the last decades. They will be recognized as a significant part of the rich history of Ellicott City, and the community’s legacy will be kept alive and passed to the next generations, which Marylanders and the world will learn and appreciate. 

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