Bruce Lee statue.
Bruce Lee statue.

Big Bronze Bruce Lee

Field review by the editors.

Los Angeles, California

You'll find a larger-than-life Bruce Lee in a pedestrian intersection of Chinatown's Central Plaza. The 7 1/2 ft. tall statue depicts the 1970s film actor and martial arts legend bare-chested, nunchucks in one hand and poised for a street brawl.

Bruce Lee statue.

The 1,595 lb. bronze was sculpted by an artist in China (another version without the 'chucks stands in Hong Kong). LA's was unveiled in 2013, on the 40th anniversary of Lee's untimely death from a prescription drug reaction in 1973.

While Bruce Lee's birthplace is San Francisco and his grave is in Seattle, between those two milestones he lived for a while in Los Angeles, playing Kato in the 1960s TV series The Green Hornet. He operating a martial arts studio a few blocks from the location of the statue.

The big Bruce Lee is a popular photo op. It's surrounded by a temporary metal fence while it awaits funding for a permanent pedestal and installation.

Big Bronze Bruce Lee

Address:
943 Sun Mun Way, Los Angeles, CA
Directions:
In Old Chinatown. Heading north on N. Broadway you'll cross W. College St., then see the bank on the left (west) side. Just past it is a tiny paid parking lot. The statue stands at the back of that parking lot, at the intersection of two pedestrian walkways.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Chinatown Lucky Wishing WellChinatown Lucky Wishing Well, Los Angeles, CA - < 1 mi.
Largest Bas-Relief Military Monument in the U.S.Largest Bas-Relief Military Monument in the U.S., Los Angeles, CA - < 1 mi.
TriforiumTriforium, Los Angeles, CA - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Miss American Green Cross Statue, Glendale, CA - 8 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in California

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in California.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

California Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

SPAM Museum, Austin, Minnesota (Sep 20-26, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now