Neighborhood: Chinatown-International District

Chinese immigrants first settled in the Seattle around the 1860’s and by the turn of the 20th century had established a community known as Chinatown in what is now the heart of Seattle’s International District.  By the mid-1920s Japanese settlers had developed Nihonmachi, or Japantown a few blocks north of King Street.  Over the last century numerous immigrants from the Philippines and South East Asia moved to Seattle and settled nearby. Others came from Vietnam and settled into what is colloquially known as Little Saigon along Twelfth along Jackson Street just east of Chinatown.  Like Pioneer Square, the International District faced the specter of demolition during the 1960s and 1970s.  Today the International District is the place to go to for East Asian cuisine, specialty wares, and Asian art and culture.  To learn more about the International District and its attractions visit the Seattle-Chinatown International District Business Improvement Association.