Bruce Lee Statue

Bruce Lee Statue

Bruce Lee Statue

Along a pedestrian walkway in Chinatown, you’ll find a larger than life statue of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee.

Inside Chinatown’s Central Plaza, at the corner of Sun Mun Way and Jung Jing Road, a seven-foot tall bronze statue of martial arts star Bruce Lee stands, wielding his trademark nunchaku, in eternal vigil.

Statue of martial artist Bruce Lee in Chinatown
Bruce Lee Statue in Chinatown. Photo from the author’s collection.

The statue was cast in Guangzhou, China by artist Zhong Zhiyuan and shipped to Los Angeles under the watch of Shannon Lee, the late star’s daughter. It was unveiled on June 15, 2013 amidst a crowd of Lee’s fans and admirers.

For five years, protected only by a temporary metal fence, it stood on a base that warned: “Keep Off Statue.” But in September 28, 2018, the statue was permanently installed on a permanent decorative pedestal (but still surrounded by that same metal fence).

Los Angeles Bruce Lee Statue on its Pedestal in Chinatown
Chinatown’s Bruce Lee Statue on its permanent pedestal.

The statue’s presence is a reflection of Lee’s Chinatown history. In the 1960s, he operated a martial arts studio on College Street, just a few blocks from where the statue stands guard, where he instructed students in the way of Jeet Kune Do, the fighting style and philosophy he developed.

Even if you’re not familiar with Bruce Lee or his film work, the statue is an impressive sight. The next time you’re in Chinatown, take a stroll through the Central Plaza and pay a short visit to honor Lee’s enduring legacy.


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Sun Yat-sen Statue, Chinatown. Los Angeles Explorers Guild.

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Tom Fassbender is a writer of things with a strong adventurous streak. When not exploring Los Angeles, he’s been known to enjoy a cup of coffee or two. You can find him at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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