Asian Art Museum in Seattle


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Asian Attractions in Seattle

The Chinatown-International District spans some 44-blocks south of downtown Seattle, bound by Yesler Way and Dearborn Street on the north and south, and Interstate-5 and Fourth Avenue on the east and west and is full of attractions.

Seattle Chinese Gardens

The 4.6-acre Seattle Chinese Garden will be one of the largestSeattle Chinese Garden Chinese gardens outside of China, showcasing not only plants, but also stone, architecture and water elements that are customary to Chinese gardens. It offers a beautiful, natural escape from the city. Within the garden, many architectural elements are in place, including the pavilion, and the plants are filling in. Dense and complex, it will change dramatically with each season. The Seattle Chinese Garden, will reveal commanding views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay and the Cascade Mountains. The Garden will also feature 12 buildings, including an education center and a banquet hall with special event seating for up to 200 people. The Garden’s 85-foot Floating Clouds Pavilion will soar over the Garden, placed on an axis with the Space Needle. Free guided tours on the first Saturdays at 1 p.m., meet at the Horticulture Building at South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., north parking lot entrance. Call 206-282-8040 for more info.

Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle

Wing Luke Asian Museum, SeattleThe only pan-Asian American museum in the United States devoted to the collection, preservation and display of Asian Pacific American culture, history and art with projects inspired and created by community members. Located in the heart of Seattle's International District 407 7th Avenue South. Seattle, WA. 98104. Call 206.623.5124 for more info.

Kobe Terrace, SeattleKobe Terrace, named after Seattle's sister city, Kobe Japan

This terraced hillside on the northeast edge of Seattle International District is adorned with Mt. Fuji cherry trees and laced with ground vines and pathways winding alongside the freeway. The trees and a four-ton, 200-year-old Yukimidoro stone lantern on the hilltop were gifts from the people of Seattle's sister city, Kobe, Japan. Park hours: 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Location: 221 6th Ave S.

Chinese Gate Restaurant, Seattle

Chinese Gate Restaurant in SeattleBuilt in 1924 and originally a Chinese opera house, this restaurant eventually became one of Seattle's most popular night clubs, often featuring African-American jazz musicians. 516 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104. Phone: 206-624-1730.

Uwajimaya, Seattle

Originally a fish market (built in 1928), this store has become one the largest Asian grocery and gift stores in the Pacific Northwest. Since the beginning Uwajimaya has evolved beyond providing basic grocery staples and become known as a tourist and destination store. Location: 600 5th Avenue South. Seattle, WA 98104. Call 206- 624-6248 for more info. 

Danny Woo International District Community Garden

Danny Woo International Community GardenNearly 100 garden plots and seventy fruit trees, situated on a sunny terraced slope overlooking the neighborhood, continue to be tended by elderly, low-income residents of the International District with the help of community volunteers. Most of the gardeners live in small apartments or single room occupancy hotel rooms. Consequently, the garden provides gardeners a cherished opportunity to work with the earth, a source of purpose and pride, an enjoyable and productive activity, fresh vegetables, and a social network. The garden provides a venue for community events and environmental education. Together with Kobe Terrace Park, the hillside is the sole green space for the International District’s 3,000 residents. Location: 620 South Main Street, one block north of Jackson in Seattle’s International District.

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Admission to the Seattle Asian Art Seattle Asian Art MuseumMuseum is free on the first Thursday and first Saturday of each month. 1400 East Prospect Street, Volunteer Park. Seattle, WA 98112. Call 206-654-3100 for more info. Monday: Closed Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Higo Variety Store (Historic Establishment)

This store, started in the early 1900s, is one of the few pre-World War II establishments left. 602-608 South Jackson Street, Seattle.