What Free admission to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, which includes the historic hotel tour.
When Saturday, November 12, 10–5
Why Even if you’re a local, you might have missed the rickety staircase just to the left of the Wing Luke entrance in the same East Kong Yick building. Those creaky boards lead up to the remnants of a 100-year-old migrant hotel that used to be a refuge for Chinese laborers and Asian Pacific American pioneers. It’s like the set of an old western: hardwood everything, narrow hallways, low tin ceilings, rooms with the kind of metal-frame beds suited for military barracks and college dorm rooms. You almost feel like the tenants just stepped out for a minute, considering the wealth of abandoned photos, hairbrushes, steamer trunks, and a too-tiny faded vest and suit jacket, hanging neatly on the back of a chair. It’s a time warp.
Part of the tour stops in a 1901 shop that sold imported goods and tickets to the Blue Funnel Line steamship. These historic spaces are only accessible through the tour—and they come alive thanks to the guides (often a couple in their eighties with lots of great slow-cooking stories to tell).
Who Fans of the Underground Tour will enjoy this trip through time. Recommended for ages six and up.
Where Wing Luke is located in Seattle’s Chinatown–International District at 719 South King St.
How Just print off and fill out your free passes and bring them to Wing Luke this Saturday. The tour lasts about 45 minutes, and we’re told spots fill up quickly, so consider going early.
Looking for a place to eat in the neighborhood afterwards? Try our guide to Seattle’s best Asian restaurants.