Allston-Brighton in Boston

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On a windy, chilly, and cold day, I set out to visit the Korea town with many many layers on and of course my ushanka.

There was house on the back of Harvard street that I swear, looked like the movie from UP.  Scroll down and you’ll see what I mean!

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Not as big as I imagined, and the shops were not consistently Korean.

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They were mixed with Italian, Mexican, and other Asian ethnic shops.  I still managed to get some hot Dakgaejang Kalgooksoo (닭개장 칼국수) soup at the local Bibim restaurant.

Bibim
166 Harvard Ave Allston, Massachusetts
(617) 787-5656 http://www.yelp.com/biz/bibim-boston

Because of the weather, I didn’t see many people wandering the streets or local Koreans gathering to talk about the latest gossip or what have you.  So I just took as many photos of the Korean shops that offered everything from eateries, convenience stores, hair salons, to delivery services.

The street that is known to be the Allston-Brighton Korea town in Boston.  Very discreet compared to LA and NYC.

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Boston

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FYI if you type in K-town in Boston, you’ll most likely get the restaurant called K-town which offers marinated chicken and sliced radishes right to your door !

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K-town Chicken
136 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
(617) 337-3500 http://www.yelp.com/biz/ktown-chicken-allston

The local hair salon was sporting the only Korean flag that I saw on Harvard Avenue.

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There was an insurance agency that offered both Russian and Korean services, and  it made me wonder if any Koryo-sarams were inside! Could have just been a Russian agency that hired a few Koreans, but I didn’t want to go in and ask.

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All in all, the area was nothing too out of the ordinary compared to other Korea towns except smaller, discreet, and hard to tell that it was considered a Korean enclave unless you googled it.  But I’d still check it out, even if it’s just to look at that house from UP !

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So what are you waiting for ? Adventure is out there !

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