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Chinatown Central Plaza, Los Angeles

Chinatown Central Plaza, Los Angeles

Central Plaza, the nucleus of L.A.'s Chinatown, located off College St. between Broadway and Hill, marked the outset of New Chinatown with its grand opening in June 1938. Because this square is the oldest and most historic part of the neighborhood, it is often, and somewhat confusingly, referred to as "Old Chinatown Plaza".

Home to the Hop Sing Tong Society and several other Chinatown lodges and guilds, the buildings inside Central Plaza, with their typical sloped roofs, carved wood ornaments, and colorful facades, were inspired by the Hollywood version of Shanghai and designed by non-Chinese architects Erle Webster and Adrian Wilson.

Near Broadway, Central Plaza contains a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Chinese revolutionary leader, first provisional president, and ideological father of the Republic of China. It was erected in the 1960s by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. Also in the plaza is a massive, 7-foot tall, statue of Bruce Lee. Unveiled on June 15, 2013, this is one of Chinatown's must-photograph sites. The late martial artist once had a studio in Chinatown at 628 W. College St.

On sunny mornings you can stroll through the plaza and see seniors playing Chinese chess and mah-jong here, while sipping on tea and socializing. During Chinese New Year or the Autumn Moon Festival, Central Plaza hosts all types of traditional events, from lion dances to lantern festivals. Other notable attractions here include the almost 50-feet high Golden Pagoda and the Seven Star Cavern Wishing Well.

For many decades, the plaza has been a popular tourist spot beckoning visitors to step into the traditional Chinese environment through its beautiful arches. On the long list of craft items favored by local shoppers are porcelain, wood and jade, paintings, art and art supplies, herbs, teas, pastries, books, and many others. Adjacent to the square are 15 stores, seven eateries and a restaurant, plus two bakeries (Wonder Bakery and Phoenix Bakery) and two banks (Standard Savings & Loan and United Savings Bank).
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Sight Name: Chinatown Central Plaza
Sight Location: Los Angeles, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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