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Chinatown

Built in the early 20th century, Chinatown has grown to serve the many different Asian ethnic groups that have immigrated to Los Angeles over the years.

ASICS LA MARATHON: MILES 2 & 3

After the turn onto Sunset Blvd in Elysian Park, the course heads toward Chinatown.  Runners get their official welcome by running under the Chinatown Dragon Gate after turning onto Broadway.  Runners will pass stylized, modern Chinese architecture as well as many curiosity shops and restaurants that serve the local immigrant communities.

NEIGHBORHOOD HIGHLIGHTS

Although a popular tourist destination, Chinatown mainly serves the local Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Cambodian immigrants that made their way to Los Angeles after the Vietnam War.

CHUNG KING ROAD

Chung King Road is an eclectic collection of specialty shops and art importers.  Several of the storefronts have been converted into art galleries and studios, which has attracted some nightlife onto the street.

CENTRAL PLAZA

Opened in 1938, the Central Plaza was the opening of “New Chinatown”, at the time, the first modern, Chinatown.  Many of the notable restaurants and shops in Old Chinatown (located near Union Station) moved their businesses to Central Plaza, which became the new hub in Chinatown.  A Chinese gateway on Broadway greets visitors to the Chinese-themed plaza.