AAA Editor Notes
International District, or ID, encompasses the blocks from Yesler Way s. to S. Dearborn St. and from 4th Ave. S E. to 12th Ave. S. Seattle's Chinatown actually is a mix of Asian communities adjoining Pioneer Square. The unofficial entry into this bustling neighborhood is through the Chinatown Gate, an archway painted lucky red that straddles S. King Street at 5th Avenue S. The orb that sits atop the gate is a fireball from heaven, a symbol of good luck.
Dragons coiled around light posts give the ID character. Hing Hay Park, at the corner of S. King Street and Maynard Avenue S., is a brick-paved urban space with a lovely pagoda right in the middle and a cool dragon mural that covers the wall of a building. It's a local gathering place where people eat lunch or take a tai chi class.
Kobe Terrace, which you can reach by walking up 7th Avenue S., is a bit of a climb but worth the effort as you gaze down at the neighborhood below from your elevated perch on the terraced hillside. Shady paths wind through the park, passing a community garden, cherry trees and a 200-year-old stone lantern on the hilltop, a gift from Kobe, Japan.
The Great Hall at Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St., was built in 1911 and restored in 1999. It features antique floor tiles, pilasters accented by a series of archways and an impressive barrel-vaulted ceiling. The interior is used for weddings, high school graduation celebrations and public events. Uwajimaya is a combination grocery and department store with a food court that offers everything from burgers to banh mi, the yummy Vietnamese sandwich of beef, cilantro, onions and pickled peppers on a baguette.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.