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Portsmouth Square, San Francisco

This is the largest area of open space in Chinatown, bordered by Kearny St, Washington St, Clay St, and Walter Lum Place.

This is the largest area of open space in Chinatown, bordered by Kearny St, Washington St, Clay St, and Walter Lum Place. It is known as the 'Heart of Chinatown' because the neighborhood began along one of its sides and extended from there to become what is known as Chinatown today. The square bristles with activity, and here you find local residents playing cards or Chinese chess, and practicing Tai Chi. The square contains several memorials, statues, and plaques ? including a bronze replica of the Goddess of Democracy statue and a marker commemorating Robert Louis Stevenson.


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About Portsmouth Square

 733 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

 +1 415-982-6353

Portsmouth Square and Nearby Sights on Map

Chinese Culture Center

The center was established in order to promote understanding of Chinese and Chinese American history, art, and culture in the US

Bank of Canton

Built in 1891, it was destroyed and rebuilt in 1909, originally the building housed the country's only Chinese telephone exchange

Columbus Tower/Sentinel Building

This flatiron (wedge shaped) copper-green building is an unmistakable San Francisco beauty

Tin How Temple

This tiny temple is the oldest Taoist temple in the country

Norras Temple

This is the oldest Buddhist temple in the city and was named after the Norras Buddhist Temple in Tibet

Bank of America SF

Pagoda style building with a three tiered roof and decorated with ornate gold dragons and medallions on the outside

Stylers Art Gallery

Enjoy authentic Chinese artwork at this gallery

Pacific Heritage Museum

Exhibits on the art and culture of the peoples of the Pacific Rim

Transamerica Pyramid

San Francisco's second tallest and most famous skyscraper, Transamerica Pyramid was a contentious addition to the city's skyline when it was inaugurated in 1972, but has now been accepted as an iconic landmark

Chinatown Alleys

Though Grant Avenue has a lot to offer, it is quite touristy; thus, it is essential that you examine the more authentic areas in the alleys, such as Waverly Place, Pagoda Place, Spofford Lane, and Ross Alley, between Grant and Stockton