Restoration of Hanoi's old city gate completes first phase

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The first phase of the restoration of O Quan Chuong, Hanoi's only remaining city gate, is complete, on January 4 in Hanoi.

O Quan Chuong was built during the Le Dynasty in 1749, and is the only one of 16 original city gates that remains standing.

The structure has been strengthened by repairing cracks in the foundation, removing moss, fungus and other harmful substances, replacing age-worn bricks, and building a new stone pathway through the gate.

The first phase of the project, which cost US$74,500, was funded by Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation of the US Department of State and implemented by the Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

According to Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, vice president of Hanoi's People's Committee, heavy load vehicles are the biggest threat to the ancient relic. She said the city will limit the number of heavy vehicles passing through every day.

The second phase of project will include field work at the relic foundation, reinforcing and wiring of the walls, construction of a rainwater drainage system, and clearing buildings nearby.

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