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.
733 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Nearest Transit: Montgomery St.
Portsmouth Square and Nearby Attractions on Map
Union Square San Francisco(0.8 km)
Union Square is a commercial and cultural hub in downtown San Francisco, named after the pro-Union rallies held here during the Civil War.
Alcazar Theater(1.2 km)
Built in 1911 in honor of the Shriners (Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine); this Byzantine-style Islamic temple (now a 500 seat theater showing Broadway and off-Broadway shows), is now a historical city landmark.
San Francisco City Hall(2.1 km)
Designed by Arthur Brown Jr.
San Francisco Symphony(2.3 km)
San Francisco has an excellent symphony orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) as the principal conductor.
United Nations Plaza(1.8 km)
The UN Charter was signed in the Civic Center in 1945, and this plaza was constructed in honor of its ideology and is ironically over the site of the original San Francisco City Cemetery.
Herbst Theater(2.2 km)
Herbst Theater, next to the Opera house in the similarly-styled War Memorial Veteran's building is host to a wide variety of activities.
San Francisco Ballet(2.3 km)
The repertory season begins in January and continues through May.
San Francisco Opera(2.3 km)
There are Fall, Spring, and Summer seasons.
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