“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Located just east of Pioneer Square, the International District was originally settled by immigrant Chinese laborers in the late 19th century. Later immigrants from Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Southeast Asia and the Philippines moved into the district, which is now considered one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city. In 1986 the International District received official federal designation as the "Seattle Chinatown Historic District," and its immigrant roots are honored in Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience. One of the neighborhood's top attractions is the Uwajimaya Asian Grocery and Gift store, a 36,000 square-foot supermarket stocked with enough exciting ingredients to launch your own international restaurant chain.