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The Gum Wall, Seattle

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Old chewing gum-turned-masterpiece, The Gum Wall represents an iconic Seattle landmark visited by tourists and locals alike. The tradition began in 1993 when attendees of Unexpected Productions' Seattle Theatresports shows began adhering coins to the wall of the Market Theater with their chewed gum blobs. After two attempts to stop the practice and remove the gum, market workers gave up, and it was deemed a tourist attraction in 1999. Graffiti and creative artwork formed from the thousands of pieces of gum now add to its distinctive vibe. Although you may feel that it's gross, the wall is an interesting sight to see at least once, and it also makes for a one-of-a-kind photo-op. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Seattle holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Gum Wall and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Location: To get to the Gum Wall...there is a stairway to left of the main entrance of the Pike Place Market. You will then see the Market Theater marquee above. There is an alley that leads to...  more »
  • I am surprised by the amount of 1 and 2 star reviews and the many titles "disgusting". Yes, of course a wall (well two walls) that people go and stick gum all over is gross, but despite absolutely...  more »
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  • I don't know that I loved this place, but all of that gum was simply fascinating. And it was kinda cool watching the bees trying to get at the sugar in the gum. It was worth the effort to find the wall (which is really an ally of gum - as high as people can reach with a step stool). Enjoy.
  • Floors are sticky, smells like a bunch gum together, extra, juicy fruit, spearmint... Oh and there are bees... The Alley is very busy so you have to time your pictures right.... Oh and try not to wear your new shoes unless you want to walk around the city with sticky shoes. THE EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT, while you are at it make sure you make a stop to the Piers.

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