Korean CultureToronto's Koreatown is home to several karaoke bars that dominate the local nightlife scene. Featuring private rooms, the Echo Karaoke and Gorhe Gorhe Karaoke bars allow patrons to sing their favorite K-pop hits or songs from other international genres. The coin-operated machines make it easy to customize playlists during a fun night of dancing and singing. CODA is another hot nightlife venue in this vibrant area of Toronto. Featuring a full bar, dance floors and DJ booths, this nightclub hosts underground-style performances by touring musicians from Canada and other nations. Of course, many locals and tourists visit this ethnic enclave for the authentic cuisine at mom-and-pop establishments. Some popular restaurants in the district include the Kimchi House, Mapo Korean BBQ, Doo Roo Ae and Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu. If you'd like to cook your own Korean dishes at home, buy some essential ingredients at the P.A.T Central Supermarket on Bloor Street. In business since the early 1970s, this grocery store has expanded into multiple locations in the Greater Toronto Area. Hodo Kwaja is a bakery shop that offers a large selection of traditional Korean pastries, such as the walnut cake and stuffed pancakes.
Parks and RecreationChristie Pits Park is situated at the northwest corner of Toronto's Koreatown. Occupying just less than 22 acres, this urban green space was originally established in 1909 as Willowvale Park. Open during the summer season, the Alex Duff Memorial Pool is the ideal place to cool off on a hot day in Toronto. A wading pool and splash areas flank the main swimming pool at this city swimming facility. Three baseball fields dominate the central part of this popular municipal park. Dominco Field commemorates the owners of the city's team that competes in the Intercounty Baseball League. Christie Pits Park is also home to the Sid Smith Artificial Ice Rink that's open for ice skating and ice hockey during the winter and fall seasons. This ice rink commemorates a local resident who played in the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs in the middle of the 20th century. A community garden, picnic lawns and paved trails are some other notable highlights of the grounds. Standing just south of the park, the Bob Abate Community Centre is another recreational facility in the neighborhood. Featuring a dog park and baseball fields, Bickford Park is located just behind this community center. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Visiting KoreatownServed by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Bloor-Danforth Line, Christie Station is located in Koreatown. Running mostly eastbound and westbound under Bloor Street, this subway line stops at more than 30 points in the city. Situated at the district's eastern edge, Bathhurst Station has platforms that are dedicated to Line 2. The TTC 300 bus route also makes multiple stops along Bloor Street in the heart of this community. Additionally, the TTC 307 bus route stops at the corner of Bloor Street and Bathhurst Street. Parallel parking spaces are limited on the commercialized Bloor Street that essentially cuts through the central portion of Koreatown. Bicycle lanes are clearly marked on the eastbound and westbound sides of this busy thoroughfare. By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-08-01
Updated On: 2019-10-31
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