Just south of downtown is Seattle’s Chinatown-International District which is known as the bustling hub for Seattle’s Asian American community. Enter the International District through the Paifang archway which cross over the street. Once inside, you will find streets lined with noodle houses, tea shops, dim sum restaurants, sushi spots, and Uwajimaya, a large Asian grocery store with a gift shop and bookstore.
Known as The Wing, The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is a fixture of Seattle’s International District. Founded in 1967, the museum’s exhibits showcase the histories, experiences, and cultural legacies of Asian Americans. Their ongoing exhibits include “I am Filipino,” “Hometown Desi,” and “A Dragon Lives Here.”
The museum offers tours of the International District. For fans of Bruce Lee, take Bruce Lee’s Chinatown Tour. The famous martial artist and actor went to school in Seattle and opened his first martial arts studio in the city. The tour will take you around Lee’s old stomping ground, including some of his favorite spots and his martial arts studio.
For the foodie, The Wing also offers food tours on Friday nights. Eat your way around the International District where your guide will take you to some of the most popular spots in the city. The menu changes each quarter: January to March is #1 International Dumpling Crawl, April to June is The Rice Stuff, July through September is Grilled Things and Chicken Wings and October through December is Twilight Noodle Slurp.
When you’re done in the museum, be sure to check out their gift shop – it has many unique items and books that are available only at the museum!
The Wing Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission costs $17 for adults and children 5 years and younger are free. Admission also includes a free Historic Hotel Tour which takes you to many of the historic buildings that were an important part of the early Asian American pioneers. First Thursday is Free! The Wing Participates in the First Thursday program to promote arts and culture. They have extended hours the first Thursday of every month as well: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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