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Sights of Los Angeles



U.S. Bank Tower

The skyscraper, formerly named Library Tower, stands 310 meters tall and by that is not only Los Angeles’ tallest building but also the tallest in the country west of Chicago. The tower was opened in 1990. There is a helipad on the roof. For special occassions, for example if one of the city’s sport teams wins a title, the tower can be illuminated in various colors. Address: 633 West Fifth Street




Apart from the US Bank Tower, eight more buildings with a height of more than 200 meters set the mark in the Los Angeles skyline. All in all, there are 34 buildings standing more than 100 meters tall. The hills around town afford good views of the skyline, for example at Griffith Observatory.



Griffith Observatory

Many tourists visit the Griffith Park in the Los Feliz part of town, where the Observatory built in 1933 is located in order to obtain one of the best views of the city. Additionally, guests can visit an exhibition on astronomy here and of course visit the planetarium itself. Griffith Observatory is open daily except Mondays from 12 to 10 pm and from 10 am on weekends. There are telescopes available which may be used free of charge. Address: 2800 East Observatory Road



Olvera Street

Olver Street marks the core of  Los Angeles Plaza Historic District encompassing the oldest part of the city. In the 1920s, when many of the historic buildings were threatened from decay, it was decided to reconstruct the street in its original condition, while putting an emphasis on the Mexican heritage of this part of town. Olvera Street today is a sort of open air museum with an authentic Mexican atmosphere, small and colorful boutiques and street vendors, even though most of the buildings seaming the street have been constructed well after the Los Angeles village had been founded.  



Plaza Historic District

The Plaza marks the spot where the Pobladores set up the village in September 1781 from which Los Angeles developed. Around the Plaza, there a several historic buildings going back to the first chapters of the city’s history. Among these is La Placita Church, originally constructed in 1814 and renovated to today’s appearance in 1861. The oldest structure of the city still in existence is Avila Adobe on Olvera Street. The residential building had been constructed by the mayor of the village in 1818 using only the best available materials. Today, the house can be visited in guided tours. Among the other structures worth seeing within the Historic District are the elegant hotel Pico House from 1870; the Pelanconi House of 1857, the oldest building made from stone or the Victorian Sepulveda House from 1887, which houses the District’s visitor center.



Walt Disney Concert Hall

The architectural jewel designed by  Frank Gehry with its characteristic reflecting facade has more than 2200 spectator seats, used for example for the performances of Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra which has its home here. Based on a generous donation of Walt Disney’s widow, the Concert Hall was opened in 2003. It is well known for its outstanding acoustics and also hosts theater stage plays, movie premieres and other events. Address: 111 South Grand Avenue, Downtown



Little Tokyo

The Japanese neighborhood in Downtown has been a National Historic District since 1995. In its heyday, more than 30,000 Japanese-Americans lived in Little Tokyo, today the area covers about four blocks. There are several Buddhist temples here as well as numerous Japanese restaurants, Karaoke bars, traditional shops and stores specializing in Japanese products. Little Tokyo is also the home of the East West Players theater company, based at Hwang Theatre. It is also home to a film festival annually in May and of the Nisei Week festival in August, which always includes an auto show, a large parade and a fashion show. 




In this traditional Los Angeles neighborhood, Hispanics now form the population majority, but it is still easy to find traces of the Korean culture in North America here. This part of town has one of the highest population densities in the entire country; in total, 340,000 people live here, 18% of whom are of Korean heritage. The neighborhood has been the center of the riots in 1992. Today, it displays an eclectic mixture of newly constricted, state-of-the-art buildings and those constructed in the first half of the 20th century. Koreatown is popular for its nightlife featuring more than 1000 bars, clubs and lounges. Also, there are countless restaurants here, representing both the Korean and South American cuisine.  




The Chinese neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles was founded at the end of the 19th century and it soon grew to more than 200 buildings. With the construction of Union Station in the 1930s, Chinatown was moved to the location it occupies today. Contrary to other Chinatowns in the country, the Los Angeles version is less oriented at tourism but has the characteristic small stores, good restaurants, art galleries and temples. The population is not only Chinese but also in large parts consists of Thai, Cambodians or Vietnamese. Immigrants from China today oftn prefer to settle in the suburbs in the San Gabriel Valley. For Chinese holidays, Chinatown hosts fun fairs and other events.



City Hall

The Los Angeles town hall and city administration reside in a building completed in 1928 which has been made popular by a number of movies. There is an observation platform in the 27th story of the building which in total stands 138 meters tall. In direct neighborhood to City Hall, there are several municipal, state and federal institutions. This part of town is known as Civic Center.





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