Japanese architect makes model of Vietnamese village gate

NDO/VNA – The Hanoi Museum received a model of the Mong Phu village gate crafted by Japanese architect Ejima Akiyoshi at a ceremony on March 16.


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 educational 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, who participated in the 2008 project, said the restoration process and local knowledge of destroyed parts of the gate were essential in constructing the model.

He said he is honoured to take part in joint projects between the two countries.

According to Professor Phan Huy Le, chairman of the Vietnam Association of History and Science, if the gate, for some reason is seriously damaged, the model will offer most of the needed details to rebuild it.

Ejima Akiyoshi also participated in research and restoration projects on a number of 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.