Partnership to establish a “Koreatown” in Ellicott City, around the current “Korean Way” area

The following information was announced via press release today:

March 11, 2019

Media Contact: Scott L. Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412

County Executive Ball To Announce Partnership for “Koreatown” In Ellicott City

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – On March 12th, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, First Lady Yumi Hogan, and Korean Counsel General Dong-gi Kim will present a unified partnership to designate a “Koreatown” in Ellicott City. “Korean Way” was established by the Hogan Administration in December 2016 and serves as the precursor to the new “Koreatown,” which will cover the total area along the five-mile stretch on Route 40 in Ellicott City. There are approximately 166 Korean businesses on Route 40, according to state data, and 12,000 Korean-Americans currently live in Howard County. Many live or operate businesses in Ellicott City, making up 24% of the city population. Designating the area as “Koreatown” would set Howard County apart as a destination for all Korean-Americans, as only a handful of locations nationally have established Koreatowns in their jurisdictions. 

WHAT:           County Executive Ball will announce a partnership to establish a “Koreatown” in Ellicott City, around the current “Korean Way” area.

WHEN:          Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM

WHERE:        Honey Pig Restaurant, 10045 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City MD 21042

WHY:             To celebrate the cultural vibrancy of Howard County, recognize the important contributions of the Korean-American community, and set our county apart as a destination for all Korean-Americans. 


  • Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive
  • Yumi Hogan, Maryland First Lady
  • Dong-gi Kim, Korean Counsel General
  • Korean Community Leaders


I did some research on other “Koreatown” locations in the United States…they include:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Houston, Texas
  • Orange County, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • New York metropolitan area
    • Manhattan
    • Long Island
    • Bergen County
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Washington, D.C.

Scott E

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  1. Ellicott City already has problems of overcrowding, traffic, and over development with disastrous flooding. Many different people have contributed to Ellicott City, not just one group. This is hurtful and plain wrong.


  2. I agree. This is just plain wrong. Why not celebrate the history of Ellicott City? Does Hogan, Ball or the rest of them have any clue about the history? I grew up there, had my first summer job there, played basketball at Roger Carter, etc… Diversity doesn’t count if various ethnic groups form enclaves around Howard County.


  3. I’m coming in late to this, but anyway: I think this is a great idea. Ellicott City has been taking it on the chin in recent years with the flooding, so anything that raises the profile of the locality in a positive way is welcome. Ellicott City already has a national and international reputation for its Korean-American population, so this is a good (and inexpensive) way to acknowledge that fact and promote Ellicott City as a tourist destination for people looking for Korean cuisine and related stuff. It’s a natural evolution from the current “Korean Way” designation. (And speaking as a non-Korean American, I personally don’t feel the least dissed or slighted by this.)


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