Old Chinatown, New Gate
Although it looks impressively historical, the Chinese gate at the entrance to Seattle’s International District is actually quite recent — it debuted in 2008. The gate is designed with traditional Chinese motifs and colors, including auspicious red and gold, and is intended as a symbolic entrance to old Chinatown, as well as a welcome to the Northwest region more generally. Envisioned as one of a pair, the gate will someday be joined by a twin, if the nonprofit foundation that commissioned it raises enough funds. For now, you can go to 5th Avenue and S. King St. and admire the first gate.
By Stephanie Perry, AFAR Local Expert
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