Gate of Harmonious Interest 同濟門 Tóng Ji Mén

by Mickey Lam
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The 同濟門 Tóng Ji Mén (Gate of Harmonious) Interest is the entrance to Chinatown, the oldest in Canada. The gate was erected in 1981 in commemoration of Chinatown's revitalization by the City of Victoria and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.

Two hand-carved stone lions, gifts from Victoria's Twin, City of Suzhou, China, guard either side of this elaborately detailed red and gold gate. Two time capsules, to be opened in 2081 and 2096, are encapsulated in each outer red pillar. The names of 61 Chinese Canadians who fought and died for Canada in World War II are engraved on a plaque.

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