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Chinatown International District

The Chinatown International District is the center for Seattle’s ethnic and cultural diversity. It’s a pedestrian-friendly historic district dating largely to the early 1900s, filled with intriguing architecture and culture. Known as The I.D, it has the best dim sum in the city to pair with a diverse selection of shopping, and multicultural and multilingual festivities and experiences. 
 
Immigrant Chinese laborers settled the neighborhood in the late 19th century, and Japanese and Filipino immigrants soon followed. Over the years, the district became even more diverse, adding significant Vietnamese, Korean Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Thai, Laotian and Hmong populations to the mix. Today, the I.D. is known as one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the continental U.S.
 
 
Key attractions include the Smithsonian-affiliated Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience, founded in memory of the first Asian American to hold elected office in the Pacific Northwest. Hing Hay Park, established in 1975, which contains a red brick square with an ornate Chinese Pavilion designed and constructed in Taipei; and one of the great ethnic markets in the U.S., Uwajimaya.
 
Special festivals and events enliven the district throughout the year, including the Lunar New Year Festival in January or February, the International District Summer Festival in July, and the Chinatown SEAFAIR parade in July. Periodic summer night markets offer food, shopping, arts and movies. Find out more about special events at www.cidbia.org.  
 
Chinatown Discovery Tours can guide you on an exploration of the unique aspects of the International District’s history and culture, and of course food, including an active fortune cookie factory.

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Stay in Chinatown International District

Panama Hotel
605 1/2 S Main St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 625-9746
Website: http://panamahotelseattle.com
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50 rooms,$. Boutique European style hotel located in historical Japantown.This 1910 three-story walk-up is a time capsule of Japanese culture. Free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. Close to Safeco field.

American Hotel
520 S King St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 622-5443
Website: http://americanhotelseattle.com
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89 rooms, $. Hostelling International downtown. One block to Union Station airport/train/bus hub. Short walk to Pike Place Market and waterfront. HA

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Wing Luke Asian Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 623-5124
Website: http://wingluke.org
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Smithsonian affiliate and only pan-Asian museum in the U.S. Admission includes gallery exhibitions and guided tour of historic Chinatown hotel. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. HA

4Culture
101 Prefontaine Pl S Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 296-7580
Website: http://4culture.org
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Listen 4Culture cell phone tours of Public Art in King County; "Destination Heritage" visitor maps featuring historical sites, museums and tours in King County; and offer free art experiences.

Chinatown Discovery Tours
719 S King St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 623-5124
Website: http://seattlechinatowntour.com
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Tour Seattle’s historic Chinese neighborhood. Hear stories of pioneers and current community as we stroll through authentic markets and shops. Tours Tue-Sat includes gallery admission to The Wing.

Seattle Pinball Museum
508 Maynard Ave S Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 623-0759

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Come play history! 50+ games, seven decades, from 1960s to present on freeplay, admission $13 (1 entry) $18 all day. Beer, soda, snacks swag Sun, Mon noon-5pm, Thur, Fri, Sat noon- 10pm.

King County Parks and Recreation
201 S Jackson, Ste 700 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 205-5275
Website: http://kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks.aspx
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King County Park System provides open space, aquatics, recreation. Highlights include Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, King County Fair and one of the largest regional trails systems in US. HA

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Quick Info


The Link Light Rail has an International District stop. Or, access the ID from Downtown by way of the Metro tunnel; take any southbound bus to the ID stop. Bus routes 7, 14, 36, 42 and 99 also service the International District.