Osaka Korea Town Museum

April 29, 2023


Local Memories Illuminates Our Future

Osaka Korea Town MuseumFounding Mission Statement

Korea Town is at the heart of an area once called Ikaino. The name Ikaino originates from the older place name Ikaino-tsu, or the “Port of Ikai.” It was here that people from Baekje and other states on the Korean Peninsula settled after crossing to Japan.

In the 1920s, it is said that mail from the Korean Peninsula, particularly Jeju Island, would arrive safely here with just “Ikaino, Japan” written on the envelope. At that time, Osaka was being transformed into a great industrial city nicknamed the “Manchester of the East.” People suffering hardships under Japanese colonial rule crossed over from the Korean Peninsula and Jeju Island, seeking a more prosperous life.

In the 1990s, the streets of Miyuki-dōri Shopping District, formally known as the “Joseon Market,” were redeveloped. In the 2000s, with the co-hosting of the Korea-Japan World Cup and the Korean Wave cultural boom, Korea Town became a major tourist destination with more than two million people visiting annually.

Even before that time, many elementary, middle, and high school students visited Korea Town on field trips. Seeing children learning about the town in a park on a rainy day, Hong Yo-pyo, the founder of the food company Tokuyama, created Panga Shoku Kobo, a Korea-Japan cultural exchange facility in 2003. In Mr. Hong’s words, in KoreaTown one can learn the history of the Korean Peninsula and Japan through one’s own experience – from “one rice-cake on!”.

Now that the vibrant Miyuki-dōri Shopping Street is known as “Osaka Korea Town”, we wanted to take it to the next level, creating a space to learn the history behind today’s Korea Town. The history of Ikaino, the basis of Korea Town, is the meeting of various cultural streams running between the Korean Peninsula and Japan since ancient times, and leading to the creation of a multicultural village in Ikuno Ward. Indeed, East Asian history from the 20th century onwards, particularly that of the Korean Peninsula and Japan, is concentrated here in Ikuno Korea Town.

We therefore decided to establish the “Osaka Korea Town Museum” in 2023, twenty years after the founding of Panga Shoku Kobo. We aim to create an open space where, by spending a moment in the Osaka Korea Town Museum, people can reflect on our community’s history, meet others with whom we share our world, and realize that everyone has the potential to shape the future.

We thank you for your interest in this project and your support for the establishment of the Osaka Korea Town Museum.

General Incorporated Association
Osaka Korea Town Museum

《Board of Directors》

  • HONG Sung-ik
  • KO Won-su
  • KOH Jeong-ja
  • KWAK Jin-Woong
  • KIM Myung-hong
  • KIM Jo-seol
  • KIM Hyon-tae
  • PARK Il
  • SONG Oh
  • IJICHI Noriko
  • CHUNG Ah-young

《Planning Team》

  • KANG Sung-yool
  • KO Won-su
  • KOH Jeongja
  • KIM Haemi
  • MATSUDA Keigo
  • ADACHI Suga
  • AJIRO Kenjiro
  • AHN Sungmin
  • OH Kwanghyun
  • IJICHI Noriko
  • Hong Jung-eun

Call for support

~Your support is called for to connect the Osaka Korea Town Museum to the future!~

Please complete the form below and submit it to be the supporters
The payment of the membership fee or donation can be made into the following bank account.
The latest information about the museum will be sent to the supporters regularly by e-mail.

Supporting Membership Application



    • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation(Bank Code : 0009 )( 三井住友銀行)

    • Branch : Tsuruhashi Branch (Branch Code : 107)

    • Account Number :1217856

    • Swift Code:SMBCJPJT


    General Incorporated Association


    〒544-0034 4-4-11, Momodani, Ikunoku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
    (50 m north of Ichijo-dori, which intersects Hon-dori in Koreatown)