Several northwest streets in Dallas will have new Korean-language signs.

This week, the City plans to install new street signs in northwest Dallas in recognition of the Korean American community’s many years of contributions to the city’s Koreatown.

New signs at Royal Lane, Harry Hines Boulevard and Newkirk Street will display street names in both English and Korean, according to a flyer for the Friday afternoon reopening.

Although many people know the area as “K-City”, it does not have an official designation.

John Lee, board member of the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce, has led the organization’s efforts to get the city to approve street toppers that read “Koreatown” on the Royal Lane lot. He said the new road signs are the first step towards officially designating the city.

“We actually call it a declaration,” Li said. “We are very happy”.

Korean-American business leaders are pushing for recognition of Koreatown in northwest Dallas.

Dallas City Council member Omar Narvaez, whose district covers the area, said he wants the area to receive an official Koreatown designation “in early 2023.” Narvaez will attend Friday’s ceremony, which will take place at the intersection of Royal Lane and Harry Hines Boulevard.

Friday also marks the 120th anniversary of the first Korean immigrants to the US.

Charles Park, a longtime advocate for the Korean-American community in North Texas, said he couldn’t imagine seeing Korean-language road signs in Dallas.

“I think it’s really nice to have something like this in Dallas,” Park said.

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