Seattle Chinese Gardens

The Seattle Chinese Garden inspires global understanding by immersing visitors in the richness and beauty of Chinese culture.  Our mission is to create a traditional Sichuan-style Chinese garden, the only one of its kind outside China, as a means of celebrating Seattle's rich Chinese heritage and supporting Seattle's future business and cultural relationship with China.

At this time of year, the light should be great around 3:00PM.  Tripods are allowed!  Free for Seattle residents.

Directions:  Drive into the north entrance to South Seattle Community College [masked]th Ave. SW). The college arboretum is on your left and then the walkway to the Garden Entry Courtyard.

Parking: Continue driving straight ahead past the one-story building on your left (the Chan Education Center). Turn left into the entrance to a small parking lot for the Landscape Horticulture Building (LHO) and the Chan Center. If this parking lot is full, park in the large lot to the south. Look for Chinese Garden signs directing you to the walkway to the Garden's Entry Courtyard, and in the Entry Courtyard to the Discovery Center.

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  • Jeff L.

    the buildings were beautiful, but the basic grounds around the structures appeared to be slow in development. that being said, the old garden which adjoined the basic grounds afforded the individual photographers who attended the opportunities to be creative and to locate and capture many outstanding and beautiful images.

    October 25, 2011

  • Carla

    The chinese gardens still need some work but someday they will be wonderful. I enjoyed visiting the college's arboretum. Couldn't of asked for better weather.

    October 24, 2011

  • Craig Y.

    It was nice but will be better when moer of the project is finisned. Just don't know when that will be.

    This could be a photo shoot for all seasons.

    October 24, 2011

  • Dorrena O.

    Beautiful! I can't wait to see how it develops. Let's go as they finish the project.

    October 24, 2011

  • Dorrena O.

    That's heading south from downtown.

    Hmmmm ... the url is covered by the list of attendees. It's a flaw in the page design. You will need to add .html to the end of the address to get to the page.

    October 5, 2011

  • Dorrena O.

    We went to Alki this last Saturday. We came from the south and the detoured traffic was horrendous. Plan ahead. The detour takes everyone across the low bridge. Best bet would be to be heading south on 4th Ave. You will have the best chance of bypassing the traffic. Here's more info:
    Driving from Sodo to W. Seattle? Expect a tough detour

    October 5, 2011

  • Mary V

    I-5 will be open... but everyone will be on it, as the Viaduct (SR99) is supposed to be closed from the 20th until the 30th.

    September 28, 2011

  • Gena

    Mary, do you know if it will be possible to get to the West Seattle bridge coming southbound on I-5 from the north?

    September 28, 2011

  • Mary V

    From the north, I think you will be stuck on I-5, but might be able to cut through downtown on a Sunday (if there are no games) and come across the low-rise bridge. Its likely to be 10 days of traffic nightmares for us in WS. I'll try to post a map if I have time.

    September 28, 2011

  • Mary V

    For those that do not live in South Seattle -- remember that the Viaduct is closed for this period. Traffic will be a mess getting to West Seattle (I live there and really fear that 10 day span).

    September 28, 2011

  • Alan L.

    The cost for non-seattle residents is $6.00.

    September 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would also like to know cost for non-Seattlites.

    September 26, 2011

  • Eric

    How much for non Seattle residents?

    September 24, 2011

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