Note: Metro’s SM team referred to the incident as a “trespasser strike.”
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ABOUT THE WILSHIRE / VERMONT STATION
Wilshire/Vermont Station is located on the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue in East Koreatown LA. Southwestern University and the Robert F Kennedy Community Schools are located nearby. It is a busy subway station known for receiving wireless signals even underground.
The station is designed with two platform levels: eastbound Purple and Red Line trains (to Union Station) use the upper level, and westbound Purple (to Wilshire/Western) and Red (to North Hollywood) trains use the lower level.
Above the station is the Wilshire Vermont mixed-use transit village development, a $136-million apartment and retail complex designed by the firm Arquitectonica on land owned by the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The development opened in 2007 and includes apartments and retail.
The city council of Los Angeles has set the official boundary for Koreatown LA as Olympic Boulevard from Western Avenue to Vermont Avenue on the south, Vermont Avenue from Olympic Boulevard to Third Street on the east, Third Street from Vermont Avenue to Western Avenue on the north, Western Avenue from Third Street to Olympic Boulevard, including a business corridor along Western Avenue from Third Street to Rosewood Avenue.
The best spot for tourists to capture the Korean flavor of Koreatown LA (where over 65% of the actual residents are Latino and less than 15% are Korean) is Olympic Boulevard between Western Avenue and Vermont Avenue.
Kimbap is steamed white rice and other ingredients rolled in kim (sheets of dried laver seaweed) and served in bite-size slices. It is often eaten during picnics or outdoor events. The word starts with an unaspirated “k” which is why it’s also spelled gimbap. It had its origins in the Japanese futomaki (makizushi) from the Japanese colonial period, 1910-1945.
Many English speakers refer to kimbap as the Korean version of the Japanese sushi roll. But if you’ve eaten kimbap and futomaki more than a few times, you know there’s a noticeable difference in taste and preparation between the two.
The place from which to get your kimbap fix in Koreatown is Gaju Bunshik, which originally had a stall inside Gaju Market on 5th and Western and was also equally if not more famous for its naengmyeon (cold noodles). After Gaju Market closed in 2011 for the construction of a new building complex, Gaju Bunshik opened up as its own restaurant on Wilshire, a block west of Western Avenue, in the same plaza as Village Bakery and Hite Gwangjang.
Kimbap variants are dependent on different fillings. Popular ones are kimchi, perilla leaves (kkaennip), and tuna (chamchi). Most people grab them to go — it’s best to eat within three hours after being rolled. You can see the owner’s daughter and/or her Latino assistants making the rolls almost right in front of where you order. They’re very popular and they often run out of a particular type or so.
A clear plastic container of their kimbap is six dollars — it’s at least two rolls plus what could be the pieces of a third roll packed on one side. It comes with yellow slices of danmuji.
Address: 3839 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90010
Phone : (213) 380-2174
Gaju Bunshik usually opens at 7:00 am (ready with hardboiled eggs for Korean ajosshis) but isn’t ready with the kimbap or their lunch specials until around 10:00 am. Closing time is 8:00 pm, Monday to Saturday. Closed whole day Sunday.
No, this restaurant does not advertise in and English-language publications. They don’t need to. They’re that popular among the locals. Even an institution already, really!
Police opened fire on an armed carjacking suspect after chasing him through the streets of Hollywood and the Mid-Wilshire area. Contrary to mainstream media reports, the pursuit did not end in Downtown LA but in Koreatown LA at the Shell gas station on the northwest corner of Wilshire and Vermont.
The pursuit began on the Ventura (101) freeway and the driver exited at Hollywood Boulevard, where he momentarily pulled to a stop in the middle of the street at 7:10 p.m. The driver then continued westbound to the busy intersection of Hollywood and Highland, where he turned south onto Highland Avenue.
The suspect kept driving down Highland to the residential area of Hancock Park and then eastbound on Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown.
Emergency dispatchers reported that the man driving the vehicle was carrying a blue steel handgun.
The suspect eventually pulled into a Shell gas station, alongside a man pumping gas, at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.
Officers shot several rounds into the suspect’s car, as the civilian lay crouched just feet away. The civilian escaped the situation uninjured.
Dispatchers said the suspect, a 40-year-old man, had suffered several gunshot wounds and have called for an ambulance.
UPDATE: As of 10:00 PM, the LA Times is quoting unnamed sources that the man allegedly stole a car from a woman in San Bernardino shortly before 3:30 p.m. He then drove to North Valley Boulevard and Eastern Avenue in El Sereno, where he dumped the vehicle and stole the Saturn from a 65-year-old man.
Caught on tape: a brazen Koreatown smash-and-grab robbery in which nearly one million dollars worth of Rolex watches were taken.
The robbery happened at 10:50 a.m. on May 18th 2011 at the Saint Cross jewelry store in Koreatown Plaza, a mall at 928 S. Western Avenue on the corner with James M. Wood Boulevard,
Two young men in hoodies burst in and one grabbed as many watches as he could from a display case, while the other trained a gun on two store clerks. Later when a security guard was seen outside, the gunman headed to the door and pointed the weapon at him.
The suspects reportedly took more than two dozen Rolexes totaling about $800,000 in value.
Address: 928 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006