- Located along 5th, Jackson & Dearborn
A stone’s throw from two professional sports stadiums and high-rises, fiberglass dragons hold a firm grip on local light poles while keeping a close eye out on the historic neighborhood.
The Historic Chinatown Gate Foundation, with contributions from a number of agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals, brought to reality a 70 year plus dream of the Chinese community -- to build a traditional Chinese gate, or pai-lau, to commemorate the presence of the Chinese community in the Seattle Chinatown Historic District. Research and design focused on a pair of gates. Completed in February, 2008, the first straddles South King Street at Fifth Avenue South. Organizing the construction of the second one has begun. It will be located on South King Street at 12th Avenue South.
The form and materials for the gates can withstand seismic forces, accommodate roadway clearances, and hold up to the test of time. They are constructed of steel, stainless steel, pressure treated wood, and ceramic materials that require little maintenance. Flaunting designs influenced by ancient Chinese palace architecture, the gates have just a touch of Northwest flair. These two Northwest jewels are different from any other Chinatown gates in the world.
- Information provided by Paul Wu
Related Article: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/346306_gate07.html|
Hing Hay Park
- Intersection of Maynard Ave & King St
Heart of the district that serves as the center for cultural events, musical performances, community meetings, and entertainment programs. During regular days, it is a gathering place for families, chess players and morning Tai-Chi. Shipped from Taiwan, the grand pavilion on the park was a memorial that honors local Chinese- American veterans killed in World War II.
Named in honor of Seattle’s international sister city, Kobe, Japan in 1974. The park is filled with cherry trees that come into bloom in March. At the very top of the park there is an 8000-lb lantern and tablet hand-carved from Japanese granite. Turn around. You’re in an excellent spot from panoramic views of South Seattle.
Seattle Parks & Recreation- Kobe Terrace: http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/park_detail.asp?ID=3915
These massive columns painted in bright hues of red and yellow with carp and dragonflies, turned this overpass into a colorful corridor between the Little Saigon and Chinatown communities.
Wing Luke Asian Museum
Named after the first Asian American elected to public office. Nationally acclaimed museum and Smithsonian-affiliate, preserves and presents the history of Asian Pacific Americans.http://www.wingluke.org
Chong Wa Benevolent Association
Houses the State’s oldest Chinese school, providing language and cultural programs for youth and adults. Fenced court across the alley is the practice field for the Chinese Community Girls Drill Team.
Largest Asian grocery and specialty store in the Pacific Northwest offering merchandise ranging from fresh produce to rice cookers and Hello Kitty backpacks.
Features a sento, a rare intact example of a Japanese-American public bathhouse. Historical photographs of old Japan town and artifacts are on display in the teahouse.
There are more than 10 traditional bakery shops in the ID. Taste the delicious cream puffs, bbq pork buns, pineapple custard buns, sesame balls, egg tarts, mango puddings, and even birthday cakes and other fresh pastries at a very good price.
Asian Art & Galleries
Here in the ID you can find a variety of Asian arts & galleries featuring small exhibits by local artists, Chinese brush paintings, Asian sculptures, handmade jewelries, furniture, drawings, ceramics, as well as Japanese folk arts and other contemporary design.
A Cantonese lunch style that includes a wide variety of small dishes served along with traditional Chinese Tea. Food items range from steamed buns and dumplings to egg tarts and desert soups. They can be ordered from a restaurant menu or from a trolley moved around by the servers. Usually served from lunch to early afternoon. Come to the International District to explore your first Dim Sum experience with your family and friends!
Please learn more about Dim Sum in the District HERE
Lion & Dragon Dance
Traditional Chinese dance performances in which the costumed performers imitate a lion or a dragon’s movements following the drums. These dances have close relations to kung fu and are often performed by the members of kung fu clubs. Both lions and dragons are believed to demonstrate power and dignity and bring good luck to people, therefore these dances often play important role at business openings, cultural events, Chinese New Year celebrations and other Chinese festivals.
Bubble Tea, also known as boba tea or pearl tea, is a concoction of tea, flavoring, milk and black tapioca balls. Originating from Taiwan in the 1980’s, this tasty drink has become popular among young locals. Click here to find out the neighborhood hotspots for bubble tea!
The Japanese word karaoke roughly translates into English as “empty orchestra.” This sing-along phenomenon from Japan has spread its popularity worldwide, including our neighborhood. Click here to find out the neighborhood hotspots for KARAOKE!
Held during summer nights every year. Each evening features local vendors offering shoppers tempting foods, gifts, art and other must have accessories. This annual open-air street market brings together thousands of people, young and old, to experience shopping, eating, ongoing entertainments, games and movies at the heart of Chinatown International District.
Our neighborhood hosts the largest Pan-Asian American street-fair in the Pacific Northwest. The Chinatown International District Summer Festival has been a community event since 1975. Held annually on the second weekend of July. This annual two-day event includes kids & family activities, cultural dances, musical performance, karaoke contest, and over 100 booths featuring arts & crafts, local business, community organizations and much more!
Lunar New Year Celebration
Also known as Chinese New Year, is considered a major holiday in Chinese culture. The festival begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; the dates varies each year but is usually celebrated between late January to the beginning of February on a western calendar. Traditionally, members of the family will gather together for a reunion dinner, and elderly will pass out red envelopes that contain money to young children as a symbol of good luck. Lion and dragon dances are common during the Lunar New Year celebration. It is also a cultural tradition to light up firecrackers to create small explosions that intends to scare evil spirits away. Decorations such as Chinese calligraphy posters as well as red paper lanterns are part of greeting the New Year.
Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is celebrated by the Chinese community every year on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. (Usually around mid or late September in the western calendar). Traditionally, Chinese family and friends will gather together on this day to watch the bright full moon while enjoying having outdoor BBQ and eating delicious moon cakes. Click here find out a list of bakery shops to order these Chinese pastries that are only available during the season of festival!
Hosted by Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. Bon Odori is a Japanese festical that honors ancestors and celebrates traditions through food, music, dance and costumes. It is known as the most important Japanese Buddhist holidays of the year and has been celebrated in Seattle for more than 75 years. http://www.seattlebetsuin.com