Sarah Kim
Los Angeles High School of the Arts

The Ktown Night Market kicks off the summer with two nights of extravagance

Koreatown is now home to people of several ethnicities and backgrounds, but it was originally created as a haven for Koreans in America to feel surrounded by their lifestyle.

The Ktown Night Market, held at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools on June 16 and 17, brought the community together to celebrate Korea’s distinct culture.

According to the Ktown Night Market’s Instagram account, which has amassed more than 21,000 followers, the event is advertised as an outdoor marketplace for food, clothing and other goods that are popular in Koreatown. There were also games, special celebrity appearances and interactive activities such as the dunk contests held on both days.

Unlike the more famous Los Angeles Korean Festival that has been held at Seoul International Park in October for the past 43 years, the Ktown Night Market was created solely for the teens and young adults of Koreatown.

If you didn’t have a chance to attend this year, make sure to check it out next summer and enjoy the photos below taken on the second night.

It seemed like the real-life hunger games with hundreds of people fighting to get in line for the few food stands. // Sarah Kim
Typical American fair food along with Korean, Mexican, and other countries’ food were sold for raised prices. // Sarah Kim
The floor was filled with an abundance of games. // Sarah Kim
Stuffed toys were available as prizes, but the games cost $3-5 per round. // Sarah Kim
Trump support was not noticeably prominent at this event. Hats, jackets, T-shirts and shoes from popular streetwear brands were for sale. // Sarah Kim
Miscellaneous products that were not food or apparel could also be found in small tents, like this Japanese makeup tent. // Sarah Kim
A large tent area provides a place for people to rest, eat, and watch performances. // Sarah Kim
The stage gained more attention as the night went on. Famous artists like BeWhy and DJ B performed after 9 p.m. causing tension between teenagers and their parents. // Sarah Kim