Chinatown International District

Chinatown International District

Chinatown International District
3.5
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Have a taste of Seattle's Asian-American culture in Chinatown International District, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Here, you'll find all kinds of imported foods at the massive Uwajimaya supermarket, and you can learn about the neighborhood's history at the Wing Luke Museum. You can also check out the dragon mural and huge stone lantern in Hing Hay Park, or play some pinball at the Seattle Pinball Museum. The district hosts many festivals throughout the year—don't miss the yearly Lunar New Year Celebration in January or February. If you're short on time, the historic district is a stop on many city tours of Seattle. – Tripadvisor
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Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
How to get there
  • Pioneer Square • 1 min walk
  • King Street Station • 5 min walk
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YanJing Jiang
Shanghai, China24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Chinatown international district has many Asian shop, restaurant and supermarket, like Chinese and Japanese shops. I have lunch in a Chinese restaurant, the taste let me remind the home tastes of my country. This also have many manga shops can buy Japanese manga. I like it very much. Thank you for your service.
Written March 9, 2024
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The Happy Traveler
Chicago, IL2,557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Seattle’s Chinatown International District is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Many sushi, dim sum and noodle shops including bubble tea and karaoke too! Easy to get to by taking the Light Rail (train).

Go during the day, it’s safe
Written September 30, 2023
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Audrie W
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I moved to 5his community in January and it has made me very depressed the cost of everything is super super expensive and I have been treated very un kind by three establishments one being the Post Office and today July 3,2023 I was ignored and not even given what I ordered in a bakery this morning I don't feel well living here I'm moving back to Renton
Written July 3, 2023
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,789 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This must be one of the least lively Chinatowns I have ever been to. Yes it has some good Chinese and Japanese restaurants, a nice Oriental supermarket, and some fun museums (Wing Luke and Pinball Museums). But the streets are mostly deserted even on Saturday afternoon, homeless people seem to come out of nowhere when it gets dark, and it just does not feel very safe. I have heard that Covid has not been kind to the area, with lots of vandalism (racist ?) and failed businesses. Hope things will be better in the not too distant future
Written May 13, 2023
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Andres_Jaramillo_U
Medellin, Colombia46 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We went on a Monday at noon, the place is lonely and filled with homeless people. You feel unsafe the moment you close your car door. Quite disappointing someone mentioned that it was much better before COVID. I would not recommend it.
Written March 21, 2023
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northwestfam
Seattle, WA25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Covid has not been kind to the International District. The feeling on the street is keep walking and don't make eye contact BUT...the Wing Luke Museum is top notch and the hotel/building tour available at certain days/times make a visit the the ID well-worth your time.

We visited the Tenement Museum in NYC last summer and the Wing Luke's hotel tour is better and more impressive than the 1880s-era tour we did in NYC. I learned so much about the Asian experience in Seattle through our knowledgable guide. I also enjoyed how inclusive the museum was--clearly the community effort is felt and valued here.

Afterwards we walked to Em Coffee inside the Little Saigon Cultural center--tiny but valuable--and enjoyed a banana coffee and some banh mi. Finished the afternoon off with a trip in the biggest Uwijimya I have ever been in and enjoyed the super book/stationary store next door too. There is a food court in the same building, so if you need something tasty there are many choices.

This area is nothing like NYC Chinatown or SF Chinatown. It is not bustling, and really feels like it is maintaining to stay alive between the forces of gentrification and drug-homelessness. If you are not interested in the museum, then I'd skip a visit to the area.
Written March 8, 2023
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Gerbra_10
Uxbridge, UK2,150 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
I love to visit China town in any City we visit. The hustle and bustle, the shops, the smell and the colours are always amazing.
NOT HERE.
It’s run down, grey looking, uninviting and a bit unsafe feeling.
We visited one afternoon with a view to going back for dinner somewhere but we never returned.
Homelessness is big, not as big as nearer Pike Market, and well it just had a bad vibe.
Please someone invest as it could be good but right now it’s not.
No pictures as I didn’t feel safe taking any.
Written February 23, 2023
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Roberto M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Dangerous place to visit with your relatives. There is not much of a Chinatown there. Few Asian restaurants and a lot of homeless people. I was verbally attacked by a black guy who insulted me since I did not pay attention to him on the street. I am a tourist from Central America I did not know that homeless are sometimes very agressive and confrontational people.
Written December 29, 2022
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Micheltravel
Netherlands997 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Funny this is considered an attraction, as there is, except for the arch literally nothing that could qualify as Chinatown. Waste of time to go.
Written August 11, 2022
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Came here to experience the annual Lunar New Year celebration in Seattle for the first time.

Glad we came early as I was able to secure parking close by. We also got to walk throughout and see all the booths before it got too crowded.

We caught the first performance Lion Dance and followed by Filipino Folk Dance, Japanese Taiko and martial arts in the Hing Hay Park.

In addition, many local restaurants were offering $6 specials. We thought the best one was the mochi sampler from Seattle Poi Company.

I thought it was well organized and a nice showcase for Chinatown.
Written May 1, 2022
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