Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Seattle Gum Wall

One of the most offbeat attractions in the United States, the Seattle Gum Wall is also one of the most germ infected tourist spot in the world.

Located in Post Alley, under Park Place Market, the Gum Wall has its beginning in the early 1990s, when people, irritated that they had to wait in line to get tickets to the theater, stuck chewing gum on the wall. At first, they would use the gum to stick small coins to the wall, but in time, the tradition of the coins disappeared, and the gum remained.

Theater attendants scraped the Gum Wall twice, but gave up in 1999, when it became a certified tourist attraction of Seattle. Now it is filled with thousands of pieces of chewing gum, of any color imaginable. And, as the wall grows, the chewing gum art becomes more sophisticated. You’ll find names written with pieces of gum, and symbols like hearts or the peace sign.

But, the Seattle Gum Wall is also one of the germiest tourist destinations on Earth. In a ranking made by Trip Advisor, it came in second place, after Ireland’s Blarney Stone.























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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice going Seattle. You screwed up another cool place. You guys seem to mess up a lot of really nice places.

The Honorable Jordan L Beherndt said...

I'm going to harvest all of your DNA.... MUAAAA HA HA HA HAAAAAAA !!

wrainy said...

I walk through here everyday on my way too and from work. It's a pretty cool sight. I am not sure why "Anonymous" feels the gum screwed up "another cool place". It actually makes Post Alley cool to walk through. And makes a lot of tourists happy.

The Constant Complainer said...

I'm a first-time visitor to your site from Cleveland, OH.

Before today, I had never even heard of this location. But I agree with wrainy, I think it looks pretty cool and would be worth checking out if I was nearby.

Anonymous said...

dude the gumwall is mentioned across the world i think its the opposite from a screw up.it attracts people to the cool city that i live in and i love it.it just shows how unqiue are town is,you dont see new york or LA witha gumwall

Funfunfun said...

Don't insult my city, you douche. We like that wall, WE don't see it as a bad thing...If you don't like it don't come here. And please don't, we don't want you here.