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Chinatown International District

Yesler Way and Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206 382 1197
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Ranked #116 of 206 attractions in Seattle
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Seattle's oldest neighborhood is rich with history and serves as the cultural hub for Asian-Americans in the area.
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Iowa City, Iowa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Stay away if this is your first "ChinaTown" experience. From San Francisco to Chicago to NYC…Seattle's "international" district is DEPRESSING. TIP - Do not walk to this district as it is surrounded by "seedy" neighborhoods (lots of homeless people acting very very strange). I keep thinking "YUCK" I wish I did not come here as it ruined my love for... More

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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Not the experience we hoped it would be. That's not so say we wouldn't recommend a visit, but it does not compare to other "Chinatown's" we've visited. The term "International District" is more appropriate, thus the reason Seattle calls it that... "Asiatown" would be a more accurate description. There were more Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants than Chinese. The Market was... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I highly recommend seeing Chinatown via Chinatown Discovery Tours/ Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. I hardly ever take planned tours, but at the request of a friend I conceded, figuring that a tour that starts in a museum couldn't be too bad. Make sure you plan to have time before or after the tour at the... More

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Seattle, Washington
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

cheap good food? yes late night entertainment? yes dirty? yes hard to find free parking? yes as expected? yes Sorry, Chinatown is never been my style of place to visit but i guess if you are looking for cheap and good food and late night entertainment. this is one of the must stop. otherwise. nope.

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Tampa, FL
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Love going through the Uwajimaya supermarket and eating at the Asian food court! Shilla Korean food was really delicious.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We stoped in China town on the way to airport from cruise port. Since our flight was 5pm it made sense to check it out. I really enjoyed the city park there. There is a chess set on the ground. My teens played there while the local native Chinese musician was playing erhu instrument. It was nice stop for us... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Ate at a neat little place that had Dim Sum-loved the sample sizes and tried a whole bunch of new stuff-even a chicken foot! The district is filled with restaurants, stores, cafes, and we had smoothies at the neatest hangout. I wish I could remember the name! Don't miss the chance to enjoy Chinatown when you visit Seattle. Affordable and... More

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Springfield, TN
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Ride the light rail here with the kids. They had never seen international district. I thought it would be a great way to expose them to different cultures. I read other reviews about the "roughness" of the area. Did see a lot of homeless and drunks. Got our picture by the awesome gate. Made our way to the Wing Luke... More

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Plano, Texas
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110 reviews 110 reviews
45 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

When you arrive in Chinatown/International District, you should come by transit. When you arrive in the transit tunnel, you are greeted with some colorful origami art that graces the walls of the tunnel. When you walk up the steps to street level you will see the great decorative entry way. This, is probably the most photographed part of Chinatown next... More

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Mount Dora, Florida
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186 reviews 186 reviews
24 attraction reviews
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

It has probably been thirty years since I first explored the exotic shops of Chinatown in Seattle. Preparing for my most recent trip I read a few reviews of the area, and almost elected to simply avoid going there. I have seen my share of homeless drug addicts in other neighborhoods, and did not need to deliberately seek them out.... More

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