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A bowl of Korean pork-bone soup, a popular dish in Toronto's Koreatown

Toronto, Ontario, Canada's Korean Business Area, known more generally as Koreatown (or Korea Town, K-town or The K.B.A.), is composed of the retail businesses along Bloor Street between Christie and Bathurst Streets in the Seaton Village section of The Annex. Also known as "Little Korea", Koreatown came into prominence during the summer of 2002 when the Korean soccer team surprised everyone by playing into the semi-final round in the 2002 World Cup tournament. Traffic came to a halt on Bloor Street West as exuberant crowds celebrated the accomplishments of their favourite team.

The adoption of a more liberal immigration policy by the Canadian government in 1967 led to an influx of Korean immigrants, many of whom settled in the Toronto area. Indeed, Toronto has the largest single concentration of Koreans in Canada with almost 50,000 living in the city, according to the 2001 Census. Many of them settled in the Bloor and Bathurst area, and before long, a small Korean business neighbourhood emerged along Bloor Street, centred around the intersection of Bloor and Manning Avenue. Restaurants, bakeries, gift shops, grocery stores, and travel agencies began to open up, most of which catered to the Korean-Canadian community. Today, although many Koreans work in the region, very few Koreans actually live in Koreatown.

A section of Koreatown in the evening

Prior to the influx of Korean immigrants in the 1980s, the section of Bloor West of Bathurst was heavily populated by people from Central and South America, and the area still has a strong Latin influence today.

Koreatown, North York

Since the early 1990s, a Koreatown has also emerged in North York along Yonge Street between Sheppard Avenue and just north of Steeles Avenue. The area comprises parts of North York, Ontario (Willowdale, Toronto and Newtonbrook) and Thornhill, Ontario (Vaughan, Ontario and Markham, Ontario).

The new Koreatown has many retail stores, karaoke bars and family restaurants catering to younger Koreans and those living in the north part of the City of Toronto and York Region. A larger proportion of this neighbourhood are recent immigrants or visa students from South Korea.

Retail composition

  • Hair salons
  • Cosmetic retailers
  • Family styled restaurants
  • Sushi bars
  • Karaoke bars
  • Clothing retailers
  • Convenience stores
  • Internet cafes

See also


Coordinates: 43°39′52″N 79°24′47″W / 43.664516°N 79.413005°W / 43.664516; -79.413005








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