Chinatown Los Angeles – Things to do
What can you see, experience in Chinatown?
In this area of the city you can discover the history of a neighborhood and a community in the Chinese-American museum. You can visit the Thien Hau temple (dedicated to the goddess of the sea in Chinese mythology), or stroll along the bohemian Chung King Street. You will have the opportunity to experience the beautiful and varied events held in the central square, and step onto Olvera Street, the first street built in L.A.
Before we tell you what are the most interesting places to see in L.A.’s Chinatown, let’s first tell you a little bit about the place and put it in context.
Chinatown was the first Chinatown in Los Angeles and was established during the 19th century in the neighborhood that is now called Union Station. The evolution of the district was different from what was expected and it went into an irrevocable decline. It was then that the government decided to redevelop the entire area and move the Asian population to a neighborhood next to Los Angeles State Historic Park, which is today’s Chinatown.
Being built again in a historic part of L.A., you can see houses in the Mexican architectural style that marked the beginning of the city of Los Angeles. Also, some streets of Chinatown absorbed the neighborhood of Little Italy, for this reason you can also see some corners in the purest Italian style. In short, the past has wanted the Chinatown district to become a soup of different cultures right in the center of Los Angeles. Enough reason to be interesting, isn’t it?
What to do in Chinatown?
What to visit in Chinatown Los Angeles
1. The central square of Chinatown
The central square is the nerve center of Chinatown. Here you can feel and experience the hustle and bustle and the essence of this oriental neighborhood. In summer, in addition, there are a large number of beautiful events that are highly recommended. If you have the opportunity to travel in summer, try to attend one, it will be worth it (see upcoming events in Los Angeles). The streets surrounding the central square have the charm and style of Beijing. This feature will allow you to feel like you have entered another country very different from the American one. Also, for those who like to shop, this is a great place to shop in Los Angeles.
2. Chung King Street
This street was a very important old Hollywood set. In its day it was also one of the most economically splendid streets in Chinatown. Recently, all the commerce established on Chung King Street moved to another area and has been replaced by art galleries. In fact, it has become a very popular place for urban hippie culture, bohemians and art lovers. They say that art and night go hand in hand, and of course, Chung King Street has become a popular place to go out and have a drink.
3. Thien Hau Temple
Thien Hau Temple is dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu from Chinese mythology. Mazu protects fishermen and sailors from the dangers of the sea and protects them in case of need. For the Asian inhabitants of Los Angeles, it is the most appreciated Chinese temple. If you want to better understand the oriental culture and a typical American Chinatown, we recommend a visit to this famous temple. Originally the temple was an Italian Christian church until it was replaced in 1980. You will find that the temple is a very busy place, both for Asians and visitors, as its great tourist attraction has made it a must stop destination for many travelers.
4. Chinese-American Museum
They say that to understand a culture you first have to know its history. This is one of the museums in Los Angeles that perfectly captures the contribution of Chinese culture in the United States. The Chinese American Museum has a long list of documentation, photographs and different objects that tell the history and the passage of the Chinese in Los Angeles.
Location: 425 North intersects with Arcadia Street.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Price: Adults $3 ($2.20 approx.) – Seniors over 60 or students $2 ($1.46 approx.)
5. Olvera Street
Olvera Street has the oldest bricks in the city. This is the oldest street in Los Angeles. Here you will see some of the first buildings that were built in L.A., such as the Avila Adobe house (1818), which was the first ranch in Los Angeles and its owner, Francisco José Avila, the first mayor of the city. Nowadays the Avila Adobe house is a very visited center by tourists, since it depicts the typical Angelino houses of the XIX century.
Other emblematic houses are the Sepulveda House (1887) and the Pelanconi House (1857). It is interesting to know that on Olvera Street the first 11 Spanish families who settled in the area settled there.
Article Posted By Gerimar