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Feb 9, 2012

Gross, Yet Intriguing: Behold, the Seattle Gum Wall

A few weeks prior to my Seattle and Portland trip last week, I had asked for recommendations on attractions worth visiting and several people had mentioned the Seattle Gum Wall.  Intrigued by the comments about it (mostly about how gross, yet awesome it was), I made it a point visit this and the Fremont Troll.  Unfortunately, time was not on my side.  My schedule was so packed that by the time my last day rolled around, I still hadn’t visited either.

Determined to make the most out of my trip, I decided to hit up the Gum Wall at midnight while I was waiting for my friend to get off of work nearby.  Even though I made it to Pike Place, the visit to the Gum Wall still almost wasn’t because funny story — I had my map app opened up and it kept telling me that I was already there, yet there was no gum to be seen.  I wandered and wandered around, then finally decided to go down a flight of stairs, and lo and behold — gum.  Lots, and lots, of gum.

It was a bit unnerving being a petite girl all alone at Pike Place, but I stayed vigilante and stayed just long enough to snap these photos and say that I’ve been there.  Worth it.  I even contributed to the masterpiece.



Apparently when the gum first started piling up in 1993, the businesses in those buildings actually tried to scrape it off a few times, but folks just kept sticking their gum on the walls.  Pike Place finally deemed this Gum Wall a tourist attraction in 1999 and I’m glad that they, ahem, let it stick, because this is quite a sight to behold and definitely adds to that odd Seattle charm.




The Gum Wall may be a tricky little thing to find when you get to Pike Place, but it’s actually right under your nose, almost literally.  Here’s how to find it:

  1. At the very entrance of the Pike Place Market, walk up the cobblestone road
  2. You’ll see the famous flying fish market, and a big bronze/golden pig statue.  Walk towards that.
  3. To the left, you’ll see a staircase that leads downstairs — take it
  4. Turn left when you get downstairs
  5. Leave your ABC on the wall :P

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