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Sticky Tourist Site to Be Blasted Away

Seattle's Gum Wall is to be cleaned later this month.

Chew on this: Seattle is about to steam blast a popular tourist attraction into oblivion.

The Gum Wall, located at the Pike Place Market will be blasted clean later this month.

The gum is 15 centimeters deep in some spots, according to the Seattle Times.

Also known as the Market Theater Gum Wall, the sticky attraction has been tagged 80,000 times on Instagram, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

People have been sticking gum to the wall since the ’90s, and travel website TripAdvisor calls it the second germiest tourist attraction in the world after Ireland's Blarney Stone.

The gum is up to 15 centimeters thick in some spots.
The gum is up to 15 centimeters thick in some spots.

The tradition began when theatergoers started sticking wads of gum to the bricks while waiting in line.

There is still a little time to visit the colorful spot as cleaning is not expected to start before November 10.

The wall has reportedly been cleaned three times, so it may just be a matter of time before the gum reappears, although officials say they plan to clean the wall regularly.