A cultural stop in Cleveland that most people are unaware of is Asia Plaza. Asia Plaza is located east of downtown in the AsiaTown neighborhood. Visitors can find it at the corner of Payne Avenue and East 30th Street. Visitors can expect to find a variety of services from the Asian community.
There are 20 tenants currently in the plaza, ranging from Li Wah Restaurant, E. 30th Street Cafe, Golden Treasure shop, and the Park to Shop grocery store featuring items from all over Asia.
If a person is looking to make an authentic Asian dish and needs the ingredients, wants a cool souvenir from their trip to AsiaTown, or is just looking for a way to kill a few hours on a Saturday, the Asia Plaza is a good place to try.
Asia Plaza also holds an annual festival honoring the Chinese New Year. This year’s Chinese New Year event was held on Feb. 9. Attendance is free and open to the public.
It featured festivities like the Kwan Family Lion Dance, a traditional dance in Chinese cultural where two people copy the movements of a lion in an elaborate costume, a Martial Arts demonstration, and traditional Japanese dancing.
Asia Plaza is part of a small cultural center near downtown Cleveland. If a tourist or visitor is looking to widen their scope past the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Browns Stadium, then a trip to AsiaTown and the Asia Plaza will do the trick. The next upcoming event at the Asia Plaza is the Cleveland Asian Festival on May 18 and 19 of this year. For more information about Asia Plaza visit their web site, www.asiaplazacleveland.com.