Korean Pavilion (Dawooljong)

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Dawooljong is the 5,000-square-foot pavilion and garden at Olympic Boulevard and Normandie Avenue. It is across the street from where Koreatown began in the late 1960s with a Korean grocery store. Made of pine and dyed in traditional shades of green, rust and red, the open-air pavilion is topped by an upswept tiled roof.

Called Da Wool Jung (다울정), meaning a harmonious gathering place, the monument was built by South Korean craftsmen who were brought here for the job. The $695,000 project took five years of planning, fundraising and work.

The Ma Dang Open Space project, located on the northeastern side of Olympic & Irolo, will be an open courtyard that will unite the Koreatown Pavilion and the Koreatown Senior and Community Center. The open space will be designed to provide safe passage for local elementary school students and be a passive recreational space for the public.

Dauljong / Dawooljung (다울정) was unveiled in January 2006.

Due to lack of funding, temporarily closed down in March 2009.

Reopened in May 2012.


Dr. Samuel Lee (born August 1, 1920) is the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal for the United States and the first man to win back-to-back gold medals in Olympic platform diving. He was born in the United States and is of Korean descent.

The square was dedicated in August 2010.

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