In a post on social media from Governor Larry Hogan on October 9th:
Maryland is now the proud home to one of the very few official Koreatowns in the United States.
Located in Ellicott City, this project has been years in the making, and much of the thanks for its success goes to none other than Maryland’s First Lady who has worked tirelessly to get this done. It is thanks to her that I have grown to understand, appreciate, and love so much about Korean culture.
With Maryland’s own Koreatown, even more Marylanders and visitors from all across the country will have the opportunity to show their support for our thriving Korean business community and learn about this incredible community, which contributes so much to our economy, our culture, and our society.
See all photos from the event on Facebook here:
Some history you might find interesting:
“First Lady Yumi Hogan was proud to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony of Koreatown in Ellicott City this week. As honorary chair of the Koreatown Planning Board Committee, she was grateful to see state legislators from both sides of the aisle come together to support this local, state, and international partnership, which will enhance Maryland’s cultural community and support local businesses.”
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.