Year Built: 2008


Artist Name: Paul Wu and MulvannyG2

Fun Fact: There is an orb at the top of the gate, representing a fireball from heaven, which symbolizes good luck.

Medium: Sculpture - Steel & Ceramic

Neighborhood: International District 

Address: 510 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

The Historic Chinatown Gate marks the historic West entrance of Seattle's Old Chinatown district. This impressive structure, made from steel and 8,000 ceramic tiles was designed by local Kirkland Architect Paul Wu in collaboration with MulvannyG2. The gate took five months to complete with the construction crew working nine hours a day, six days a week. The cost of the gate, $500,000 was raised by the community and the Historic Chinatown Gate Foundation which was established to support the construction of this important landmark to celebrate Seattle's Chinatown. They are still raising money for a second, gate to mark the Eastern entrance to Chinatown.