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Three-Hour Tour: Birthday Edition

In lieu of celebrating my birthday with the usual fanfare — something along the lines of a day at the spa, a fancy dinner and/or blowing out candles on top of a cake — I spent this past Saturday walking and shouting for six hours and then bussing tables, sort of. I should explain. Three weeks ago, I led my… Read more →

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#ktownismytown 03/28/15

It’s exciting to start seeing other people use #ktownismytown. I’ve never “created” a hashtag before! Here are some from Saturday, March 28, which was my first ever tour: Check out more of these Instagrammers’ feeds by clicking on their images. Some are private accounts, as indicated. Read more →

The first group tour for Urban Plunge 2015

Virgin Voyage down Western Avenue

It was a toasty 84 degrees this past Saturday for my first ever Koreatown tour and the first of four Urban Plunge 2015 tours. I think it went pretty well considering it was the first time, though I grossly miscalculated how long the tour would take and wrapped things up a whole hour earlier than expected. The Biola students were… Read more →

No one is going to accuse me of a lack of enthusiasm

It’s Almost Time

Although I have yet to start working on the actual KTown Is My Town tour, I’ve put together a three-hour tour (sing it with me, everybody) for the students of the Biola Torrey Honor Institute to give them an insider’s look at Koreatown. The tour will be given on four separate Saturdays between March 28 and May 2. Yes, March… Read more →

The IG photo that started it all

#ktownismytown

Before there was ktownismytown.com, before there was the initial birth pains of a Koreatown tour, there was the Instagram hashtag. I created #ktownismytown on August 27, 2013, using it to tag interesting scenes and locations around Koreatown. This is where the name of the website and the tour comes from. I welcome other Instagrammers who visit this eclectic Los Angeles neighborhood to do the… Read more →

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You Can’t Until You Can, or, We’re Live!

It’s true when they say you can’t force things. Conversely, when something is meant to happen, it just happens. I have wanted to create a Koreatown tour ever since I experienced an MFA performance piece at CalArts which was a tour of the campus. I was intrigued by this unique way of creating a captive audience and presenting a narrative. I… Read more →