From kimchi to karaoke in Koreatown

Singular Magazine is running a four-part series I wrote on ethnic neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The second stop is Koreatown, where high-tech billboards and dense high rises collide with soothing tea houses (my favorite is Hwa Sun Ji Tea & Coffee) and mineral spas specializing in ancient healing arts.  The timing of this piece is perfect, because I spent a good part of my weekend in the Koreatown ‘hood.  Friday night, I discovered the Wilshire Spa, which has the most screamingly hot steam room and hot tub you’ll ever experience – talk about detox!  Saturday night I went to see Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings kick out the jams at the gorgeous Art Deco theatre The Wiltern (there’s a lot of fabulous classic Art Deco architecture to be seen in Koreatown).  This is a breathtaking venue, and Sharon Jones is a certifiable diva of soul!  So, whether you want to find ultimate relaxation or get super pumped up, Koreatown has so much to offer.

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