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Koreatown in Toronto, Canada

August 18, 2010

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In case you didn’t know, we were recently in Toronto for three weeks for our summer vacation. Oh, how we missed Canada! Funny thing is, when we were in Canada, we missed Korea as well. We felt kinda homesick, in a reverse homesick kinda twisted way. Luckily for us, since we were in Toronto there were two different Koreatowns for us to visit to get our fix for Korean culture. Around Bloor and Christie you will find Koreatown #1, where the street signs actually say “Koreatown” above the street signs. There you’ll find lots to hold you over: many Korean restaurants with Korean food and Korean bbq, Korean Noraebangs with Korean songs, and Korean supermarkets with Korean groceries. They even have the ding-dong bells at their restaurants, which – by the way – every restaurant needs to get, regardless of if they’re Korean or not. It’s surprising the rest of the world hasn’t adopted the ding-dong bell yet.

The second Koreatown in Toronto is lesser known, located around Yonge and Finch, but it’s actually where we spend most of our time. We like it there more. In fact, our favorite Korean restaurant in Canada is there: the Oh Geul Boh Geul, right on Yonge and Churchill. It’s located at 5320 Yonge Street, so find it on Google Maps and go there now! To this date, we’ve eaten lots and lots of Mul Neng Myeon, and Oh Geul Boh Geul’s version of it is better than anything we’ve had in Korea, hands down. You’ll be amazed. Also, Simon worked at a Hagwon in that area for two years, and going to the Oh Geul Boh Geul played a big part in how he got so interested in Korea, in case you didn’t know. Spending so much time in North York really hooked us into Korean culture, and from there, it was only a matter of time before we moved to Korea and started making Kpop music videos.

So, if you’re coming to Korea, and want to experience a bit of it beforehand so that you know what you’re in for, or if you’re from Korea and coming to Canada and feel a bit homesick, you should definitely check out Toronto’s Koreatowns. We made a video of the two of them just to show you around a bit. Hope you like it! Unfortunately, there’s only so much we can do in the video, so we surely missed out on some places. If you know of anywhere else in Koreatown to recommend, please let us know! Supposedly there’s a Korean Super-Duper Market in North York, but we’ve never been.

And thanks to [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* for the Korean subtitle translations!

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