If you’re looking for some Korean culture in the DFW area, you’re in luck! You get two Koreatowns for the price of one, complete with their own spa and enough KBBQ to feed an army.
At roughly 1.5 square miles each, the “old” and “new” Koreatowns in Dallas aren’t the largest in the states.
But what they lack in size, they more than make up for in variety of restaurants and shopping choices.
What to know
- Dallas is home to around 100,000 Koreans
- It’s the second largest Koreatown in the south after Atlanta.
- You can find Korean businesses all over the Dallas/Fort Worth area but there are two main districts
- “Old” Koreatown is on the intersection of Royal Lane and Harry Hines Boulevard Northwest of Dallas
- New Koreatown is centered around a large shopping center on Old Denton Rd and Trinity Mills Rd in Carrollton
- They’re in the process of making the original one an official Koreatown
- Bilingual street signs in Korean and English have been put up by the city
Read on for all the best ways to enjoy Koreatown in Dallas and the surrounding suburbs.
Where to stay
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas NW
Just west of the original Koreatown off Interstate 635, you’ll find a solid choice when exploring K-town in Dallas. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas NW is well-managed and known for its friendly service.
1570 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Farmers Branch, TX 75234, United States
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Carrollton
Right next to the Koreatown shopping center in Carrollton, Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Carrollton offers the most comfortable stay in a quiet area for the price.
1201 Raiford Rd, Carrollton, TX 75007, United States
What to do
Korean festivals, tours and cultural events
Dallas Korean Festival
There was an annual Korean festival in Dallas but it was canceled in 2021. Hopefully they’ll bring it back!
While there isn’t an annual festival dedicated to Korean food, there are festivals in Dallas that offer fusion dishes.
With the large Korean-American community in Dallas, expect to see some of the K-pop tours head your way.
Korean cultural organizations
GDKACC has been working towards increasing the rights and interests of Korean business and industry for more than four decades. They help Korean-run businesses adapt to the changing economy.
2254 Royal Lane #200 Dallas TX 75229
Established in 1969, they promote the rights of Koreans in the area and serve as a bridge between the Korean community and mainstream American society. The Korean Society of Dallas provides education, job counseling, and social services.
11500 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75229, United States
Korean street signs in Northwest Dallas along Newkirk Street, Royal Lane, and Harry Hines Boulevard! It’s the closest thing to a monument we’re going to get for now.
Crown Park is right within walking distance of the main strip of Korean businesses. It’s not the most picturesque place, but it has a basketball court as well as soccer and baseball fields where you can work off that extra helping of Korean BBQ.
Crown Park, 2300 Crown Rd, Dallas, TX 75229, United States
A bit further west you’ll find the pleasant Spring Trail Park with a river view, butterfly garden and a cricket pitch.
Riverside Dr, Dallas, TX 75229, United States
Brookhaven College has a great Korean language class where you can form fun study groups.
3939 Valley View Lane Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX 75244
The University of Texas at Arlington also has a good Korean program if you live closer to it.
701 S Nedderman Dr, Arlington, TX 76019, United States
They take hair seriously in Dallas, so you’ll have some nice choices when it comes to Korean salons.
Nayoung Hair Salon will liven up your hair with a Korean-style perm, color and style of your choice.
13615 Inwood Rd #160, Dallas, TX 75244, United States
Every Koreatown has a spa, but they don’t all come with a waterpark.
Located in the old Koreatown, King Spa and Waterpark, has a 70,000 sq. ft. one with slides, pools and best of all, an aqua bar.
In addition to the usual saunas, steam rooms and baths, it’s also tastefully decorated with classy stuff like suits of armor, lion and sphinx statues.
2154 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75229, United States
Not to be outdone, Spa Castle also has the Vegas-themed replicas of ancient artifacts, including two giant statues of what I can only assume is Ramses II on the building.
They also include a room for Korean ceramics, which is nice.
It’s located in the “new” Koreatown in Carrollton and has all the facilities you’d find at a Korean spa as well as a fitness room and dining hall.
1020 Raiford Rd, Carrollton, TX 75007, United States
What to eat
Burnin92 Korean BBQ & Skewers serves everything you’d expect at a Korean BBQ with some uncommon options such as skewers and the delightfully waist-expanding corn cheese skillet.
11445 Emerald St #120, Dallas, TX 75229, United States
Insider Tip: Having a food allergy in Korea is uncommon, so be sure to mention anything that you can’t eat to your server.
Charm Juk Korean Porridge
Juk, or rice porridge, is a hearty and soothing dish that’ll fill your belly with warm goodness. Abalone Juk is a signature Korean dish that’s a must for seafood lovers.
2625 Old Denton Rd Ste 302, Carrollton, TX 75007, United States
New York Bakery & Korean Rice Cake
Koreans have a thing for using “New York” in their business names. This place may have little to do with the city, but they bake with extra care and use a reasonable amount of sugar.
This place has the added bonus of offering Korean rice cakes.
2240 Royal Ln # 104, Dallas, TX 75229, United States
What to buy
In Korea you can find small stationary stores all over the place that carry some neat pens, art supplies, and tons of stuff you didn’t know you wanted. HGiftshop brings that culture to Dallas!
2625 Old Denton Rd #208, Carrollton, TX 75007, United States
Komart is your place in the original Koreatown.
2240 Royal Ln # 306, Dallas, TX 75229, United States
H mart is the foundation on which new Koreatown is built.
2625 Old Denton Rd #200, Carrollton, TX 75007, United States
Shin Chon Korean Market is a smaller, but well-managed independent store that carries fresh groceries and some products you can’t find elsewhere.
11422 Harry Hines Blvd STE 210, Dallas, TX 75229, United States
Where is Koreatown in Dallas, Texas?
Old Koreatown in Dallas can be found around the intersection of Royal Lane and Harry Hines Boulevard.
New Koreatown in Carrollton is located on the intersection of Old Denton Rd and Trinity Mills Rd.
Do I need to tip here?
While tipping isn’t done in South Korea, you should follow local tipping customs at Koreatown in Dallas.
What are some cool things I can do in Koreatown?
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