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This story from the Vietnam Net Bridge has images of the restored Quan Chong Gate, which had completed its first phase of restoration last week.

Hanoi’s ancient gate wears new coat
Vietnam Net Bridge, 08 January 2011

A project to restore the O Quan Chuong (Quan Chuong Gate) in Hanoi’s Old Quarters saw its first phase accomplished on January 4.

The project was initiated in August 2009, with an investment of US$74,500 provided by the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The foundation has provided funding for nine heritage preservation projects in Vietnam since 2001.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the US Ambassador to Vietnam, Michael Michalak, expressed his deep admiration for Vietnam’s diverse traditions and artistic heritages.

“O Quan Chuong is not only a landmark of the ancient city of Thang Long, but a symbol of the spirit and resilience of the people of Hanoi” said Ambassador Michalak. “It is my hope that the gate will stand for 1,000 years and beyond as a symbol of the friendship between the US and Vietnam.”

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