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 kicked off in August 2009, with an investment of 74,500 USD 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 United States and Vietnam .”

Built in 1749 during the Le dynasty, the Quan Chuong Gate is now the only one of 16 original city gates that remains standing in the capital city of Hanoi./.