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Walking tour follows Bruce Lee's Seattle footsteps

A walking tour by the Wing Luke Museum shows the locations Bruce Lee used to go.

Tourist and locals take part in the Bruce Lee's Chinatown tour

As the education coordinator at Wing Luke Museum, Maya Hayashi helps organize the many tours the museum puts on. But there's one tour that's extra special to her.

"I'm a big Bruce Lee fan. I grew up with Bruce Lee in my household my mom and me used to watch his movies on Saturday mornings." Said Hayashi.

Since the, Do you know Bruce exhibit began, the museum has lead walking tours through the International District to some of the locations Lee spent time at while living in Seattle.

"We are tying him back with his start here in Seattle. And for the most part, we get to look for the sights which had Bruce start out as a young adult."

The two and a half hour tour starts at Wing Luke before heading out to its first stop.

"We're going to be able to go inside a martial arts studio run by a really great local teacher called Tian Yuan Li ."

The studio is not where Lee first taught, but rather it represents the training he tried to teach when he taught in the neighborhood.

"Bruce's first studio were parking lots places where he could meet up with his friends."

At the studio, participants are encouraged to do more than just sit and watch. After a workout, you're treated to a martial arts display that would make Lee himself clap with approval.

Some buildings Lee frequented don't exist anymore. Like Chinatown’s old, Atlas Theater.

"One thing Bruce used to always go to was he went to the Samurai films,” Said Hayashi. "And he loved to kind of replicate that with what he wanted to do later on."

But the last stop is the tastiest spot on the tour.

"We're going to be going to Tai Tung which was one of Bruce's favorite restaurants here in Seattle,” Said Hayashi. "They would always order the same dishes. He would always order beef and oyster sauce, and shrimp with black bean sauce were two of his favorite dishes."

For ten-year-old Addison Provitt, the tour was a great help for a paper she's writing on Lee for a class.

"It's not only fun, but it's also very educational and even if you are skipping school you're still learning." Said Provitt.

So no matter what your age, fans are sure to walk away with a better understanding of Bruce Lee's short, but important time in Seattle.

Bruce Lee's Chinatown tour happens Tuesday- Saturday at the Wing Luke Museum

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