Koreans in Washington

Five senior Koreans in this photo were the old timers in the Washington Korean community (photo from the 1969 Korean Christmas party). These days, you can enjoy all kinds of Korean food.
When I came to the Washington area in 1962, there were less than 1,000 Koreans, mostly Korean students and trainees. There were less than 100 U.S. citizens or permanent residents. There were two Korean churches but no Korean restaurants.

This is a photo (in 5 parts) of the Korean Christmas party of 1969. I am not in this photo, because I was away for a sabbatical leave. Until 1969, the Korean community was like a big family. The Korean population started its rapid increase in 1970, after Koreans learned how to use the Kennedy Immigration Reform Act of 1965.

There are now about 200,000 Koreans living in the Greater Washington area. In 1945, after Japanese left Korea, there were 200,000 Koreans in Pyongyang, while the population of Seoul was 500,000. The number of Korean residents is still growing in the Washington area.

White House Briefing for Korean American Leaders, co-hosted by the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) (June 7, 2012)

Korean Bell Garden (May 2012)





The Korean Bell Garden is located at within the park ground of the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, Virginia about 30 kilometers of Washington, DC, not far away from Annandale and Chantily, known as Korea towns in the Greater Washington area.

September Korean Festival (2010)

The 8.15 Day


This page is maintained by Dr. Y.S.Kim, Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of Maryland.

Right after his high school graduation in 1954, he came to the United State as a freshman at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now called Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh. He then went to Princeton in 1958 for graduate study. After receiving his PhD degree in physics in 1961, Dr. Kim spent an additional one year there as a post-doc. He came to the Washington area to join the faculty of the University of Maryland.