Maryland Governor Opens Koreatown in Ellicott City | Maryland News
ELLICOTT CITY, Maryland (AP) – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan officially opened Koreatown in a Korean-American community in Ellicott City
The governor was joined by First Lady Yumi Hogan on Saturday for the event, as well as South Korean Ambassador to the United States Lee Soo-hyuck and County Director Howard Calvin Ball.
The area is marked by two Korean palace-style panels with pillars and a tiled roof. It includes the five-mile stretch along Highway 40 in Ellicott City which is home to 170 Korean companies.
The region, which the governor consecrated as the âKorean Wayâ in 2016, is home to approximately 12,000 Korean-Americans.
The first lady is an artist of Korean descent. Last November, she received the Republic of Korea Order of Civil Merit, her highest and most prestigious civilian honor, in recognition of her commitment to serving the Korean-American community and strengthening ties between United States and the Republic of Korea.
Earlier this year, the governor and the first lady visited the area which is now designated as Koreatown to meet with business owners and local residents following an increase in anti-Asian violence and discrimination.
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