Seattle is home to many internationally recognized tourist destinations, such as the Space Needle; and it is also home to many tourist destinations - such as the Fremont Troll and the Lenin Statute that are slightly strange. One of Seattle's popular tourist destinations is Bruce Lee's grave, and is something that like the Space Needle, is sought after by thousands of domestic and international visitors on a yearly basis. Among other things, Bruce Lee was the founder of the martial art known as Jeet Kune Do; and was and is one of the most well-known and pre-eminent martial artists in cinema history. After his untimely death in 1973, his wife had him interred at Lakeview Cemetery. Since that point in time, his grave site has become a destination for people wishing to pay their respects to him, the effect he has had on their lives, and a spot for celebrity grave seekers and others to visit. While rumors regarding the popularity of his grave site are difficult to substantiate, as he is interred in a cemetery and not an amusement park, his grave has been named by Time Magazine as one of the "Top 10 Celebrity Gravesites" in the world, and is rumored to be visited by over 10,000 people a year.
In addition to Bruce Lee's grave, after his untimely death in 1993 on the set of "The Crow", Brandon Lee was interred next to his father as well. Finally, in addition to the popularity of this location with people who are fans of both Bruce and Brandon, the grave sites are also popular with paranormal enthusiasts, as there are a number of uncorroborated reports regarding visitors viewing an apparition of Bruce Lee on or around the bench next to the graves.
Directions/Comments: Lakeview Cemetery is located at 1554 15th Avenue E, Seattle, WA, 98112. The Cemetery opens at 9:00 a.m. daily, and closes at dusk. While the cemetery does not charge an admittance fee, it is worth noting that this is an area where many other people are interred, and an area where other people come to pay their respects. Visitors should therefore proceed both with caution and respect to all parties present in the cemetery. Both Bruce and Brandon's graves are located near the top of the hill, by a stand of trees. In my personal experience, the graves are somewhat easy to find because of the number of people visiting that area of the cemetery. Like many "haunted" areas that I have visited, I experienced nothing out of the ordinary at the graves, but in my opinion, it is worth a visit if one is in Seattle due to the iconic and impressive nature of Bruce Lee.