The Hanoitimes - The Hanoi People’s Committee held a ceremony on March 16 at the Hanoi Museum to receive a model of the Mong Phu village gate crafted by Japanese architect Ejima Akiyoshi.
Ejima Akiyoshi also participated in research and restoration projects on some architectural buildings in the Hoi An ancient town, as well as ancient houses in Bac Ninh province and Hanoi’s Duong Lam Village.
In 2004, he was awarded the Vietnamese Government’s medal for cultural cause.
Made with rare woods, the model is 90cm long and 60 cm wide, with a height of 63 cm. It is equivalent to a 1:10 scale of the actual gate. All components can be detached and re-assembled to serve education purposes.
The Mong Phu village gate was built in 1553, consisting of unique architectural features. It was restored in 2008 as part of a Vietnam – Japan project.
Ejima Akiyoshi is assembling his model at the Hanoi Museum. Photo by Nam Khanh.
Ejima Akiyoshi, who took part in the 2008 project, said the restoration and local memory on destroyed parts of the construction were his materials to make the model.
Japanese architect said he is honoured to take part in joint projects between Vietnam and Japan.
According to Professor Phan Huy Le, chairman of the Vietnam Association of History and Science, if the gate, somehow, is seriously damaged, the model will offer most of the needed details to rebuild it.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Director of Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports Truong Minh Tien affirmed that the model will be used for the gate’s restoration in the future.
He expressed his wishes to continue to receive more contributions of foreign scientists in the preservation of cultural heritage in Hanoi city.
Translated by Nguyen Thu
Source: Nam Khanh-Kinhtedothi.vn