Seattle's Top 10 : International District

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Once known as Chinatown, this district was renamed when community leaders recognized that inhabitants from all over Asia had made that term obsolete. One of Seattle’s most historical districts, the ID is a striking example of how Asian cultures thrive and assimilate into Western society. Each ethnicity claims a particular quadrant, even while co-existing in the same colorful part of town. Stroll through groceries and restaurants run by Cambodians, Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, and others, to experience the Orient, Pacific Northwest style.


Union Station

  • 501 S. Jackson St

  • 206 622 3214

China Gate restaurant

  • 516 7th Ave

  • 206 624 1730

Ocean City

  • 609 S Weller St

  • 206 623 2333

Wing Luke Museum

  • 407 7th Ave S

  • 206 623 5124

Tsue Chong Co Inc

  • 206 623 0801

  • 9:30am–5am Mon–Fri, 10:30–2pm Sat

Seattle’s Best Tea

  • 206 749 9855


  • 206 624 6248

Safeco Field

  • 206 346 4000

Qwest Field

  • 206 381 7555

Great Wall Mall

  • 18230 E Valley Hwy, Kent

  • 425 251 1600

  • Daily 9am–9pm

Great Wall Mall

This 9-acre mall offers an amazing Asian shopping extravaganza. It’s a bit of a drive to Kent, which is south of Sea-Tac Airport, but the sheer size and selection of these Asian import stores is worth seeing. Retailers here mirror the local immigrant populations and influences not only from China, but also from all over Asia.

For tasty Vietnamese, try Thanh Vi at

1046 S Jackson St
206 329 0208. For Chinese, head to Seven Stars Pepper Szechuan Restaurant
1207 S Jackson St, Suite 211
206 568 6446

Avoid parking in the ID on game days at Safeco or Qwest Fields or you’ll be fighting crowds on the streets and sidewalks.

Top 10 Sights
  1. Chinese Lunar New Year

    A traditional celebration in Chinese communities worldwide, Seattle’s version takes place inside the Great Hall of the historic Union Station. Streetside Kung Fu lion dances, music, and firework displays make this a festive day for both locals and tourists looking for winter fun in the city.

    Dragon depicting Asian culture
  2. Little Saigon

    The storefronts here resemble images of 1960s-era Saigon, with large, bright signage in the native language.

  3. Union Station

    This Beaux Arts-style station opened in 1911 with a black and white mosaic floor and a 55-ft (16-m) vaulted ceiling that supports hundreds of lights. It has been sensationally remodeled and is now popular as an event venue.

  4. Dim Sum

    Seattle is serious about food, and the crowds flock to the International District for these mandatory Chinese delicacies. Excellent choices are China Gate and Ocean City.

    Chinese dipping sauce
  5. Wing Luke Asian Museum

    The vision of civic leader Wing Luke who died in a plane crash in 1965, this museum explores the culture and history of Asian Pacific Americans through a series of permanent and visiting exhibitions .

  6. Tsue Chong Company Inc.

    If you smell something sweet amid pungent aromas of the International District, it’s likely to be this outfit, which makes delicious noodles and fortune cookies.

  7. Seattle’s Best Tea

    Tea finds its rightful place in a city overrun by coffee shops. Joe Hsu’s small, bright, modern shop is the real deal. Customers can sample the delicious teas. Prices range from $20 to $217 per pound.

  8. Uwajimaya

    If you can’t make it to the Far East, head to the largest Asian market in the Pacific Northwest. This store has a vast array of Asian products, merchandise, and a huge ethnic food court offering cuisine from all over Asia.

  9. Train Tunnel

    Passenger and freight trains thunder below the edge of the ID. The tunnel ends just past Pike Place Market.

  10. Safeco Field/Qwest Field

    Seattle’s professional baseball and football teams are based across the street from each other, in the space between International District and Pioneer Square.

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