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Sounding exactly like it is, the Gum Wall came into being when patrons to a nearby theater started sticking pieces of chewing gum to the wall, after getting irritated by having to wait in long lines. When cleaning the walls a couple of times didn't ward off the people, the theater workers just let the chewed gum pieces remain. Today, a popular tourist attraction, the wall is covered with thousands of pieces of chewed gum, making the gum wall 15 feet (4.57 meters) high and considerably thicker at some parts. However gross it may sound, the colorful display of bubblegum coupled with artistic endeavors by a lot of people, make it for an interesting visit. If you decide to make a stopover at this wonderful place, don't forget to carry some gum!
Waterfront Park is one of the best places in Seattle to witness local scene amidst a backdrop of splendid waterfront views. One can arrange a picnic with loved ones, try fishing or just soak up the sun and enjoy the breeze caressing your face. There are numerous other must-visit attractions located a stone's throw away.
This famous fish market is one of the most well-known spots in Seattle where you can watch fishermen and sellers throw fish through the air. The fish and shellfish are fresh, displayed in crushed ice all around the counter. The stand sells wild salmon, yellow fin tuna, halibut, crab, prawns and more. You can simply browse or buy some to go, most fishmongers will ship it anywhere. Make sure to stop and watch the famous fish-throwing show. Pike Place Fish Market is located right through the main entrance to Pike Place Market.
Housing some of the world’s biggest shoes, the Giant Shoe Museum, located at the Old Seattle Paperworks shop, is a flamboyant museum which resembles a mini carnival with its circus shoe theme entrance and vibrant colors and banners hanging across the store. The wall on its west end holds some of the largest shoes you would ever see, including the wingtip shoes belonging to Robert Wadlow, who was known as the world's tallest man. A stop here is sure to liven up your day.
Union Station Great Hall is a historical structure with a brick-like form for its exterior and neo-classical touches in the interiors. This enormous barrel-vaulted hall is 11,000 sq. feet in size and has a capacity of accommodating 430-700 people. It is wonderful to attend a function in the spacious hall complete with gilt, high coffered ceiling and the mosaic-tiled floor. Apart from being an architectural delight, this place is also rented out for weddings, parties, meetings and other social functions. Many events like the Chinese New Year have been held here.
Art Xchange is an art gallery with a cause. Dedicated to representing works by Southeast Asian artists, Art Xchange brings Seattle some much needed artistic diversity. The gallery debuts new exhibits every few months and showcases a wide range of art: from oil painting, to watercolors, hand woven tapestries, photography, and more. Art Xchange also seeks to bring the community together by hosting art auctions, tea tastings, and book signings. And for those not looking to buy an original work, Art Xchange offers a range of hand-crafted cards, scarves, and silk wall-hangings from Laos, Indonesia, and Peru, as well as unique artisan jewelry and home décor.