The Koreatown Planning Committee Board, Inc. (KPCB) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and was established to aesthetically improve the existing “Korean Way” signage located along Route 40 and re-brand as ” Koreatown” by funding the installation of two traditional Korean palace style sign, which will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Visual and Impact

Re-branding as “Koreatown” is expected to boost tourism, foster economic and fiscal growth, and promote the unique Korean American culture and history through businesses and community members.


Two “Hanok” traditional Korean palace-style sings with pillars and a tiled roof will be constructed on the east bound and west bound of the Baltimore National Pike. These Hanok sign will be completed by Korean national living human treasures, specialized in Korean traditional carpentry, in Korea without using any nails and transported to Maryland for the final assembly. This Koreatown with these signs will be the first of its kind in the United States. The raw materials used in Hanok, such as soil, timber, and rock, are all natural and recyclable and do not cause pollution.

The Koreatown will transform its surrounding area to be vibrant, healthy, and wealthy. Cultural exhibitions, festivals, and landmarks will make the area be a destination for local, domestic, and international tourists and residents offering memorable experiences. Small businesses including restaurants and entertainment venues will prosper the local economy and generate jobs. Educational initiatives welcoming any Marylanders will share the stories of Korean Americans settling down in the area over the last decades; they will be recognized as a significant part of the rich history of Ellicott City; and the community’s legacy will be kept alive and passed to the next generations which Marylanders and the world would learn and appreciate. 

We Need Your Support for the new sign.

Financial support and sustainability are essential for the Koreatown re-branding project.  We weigh in grassroots fundraising. We believe in its importance and power. Grassroots fundraising demonstrates that our community, not just some individuals, and our united voice desire the Koreatown.  Every single dollar matters. Each of you is counted. You are an important stakeholder. You will make the future of Korean Americans and Maryland brighter. 

Please donate. Please advocate. Please engage your community members from our state and the nation to support us by donating as much as they can.

Donation Status

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Last updated 11/2/2020

We thank you in advance for your support! Your donation is greatly appreciated and will be tax deductible since we are a 501(c)(3) organization.

You can either donate online or send a check to KPCB, Inc. 1023 S Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21230

What’s happening at KPCB!

5 months ago
한인 사회 기금은 한인 사회로 환원

Thank you Korean American Women's Society for the generous donation of $50,000. We are getting closer to our goal!


한인여성회(회장 최향남)는 29일 오전 콜롬비아에 있는 하워드 카운티 경제개발부 3층 회의실에서 코리아타운 조형물 건축 프로젝트를 위해 5만 ... See more