Biggest village entrance in Vietnam’s Nghe An Province inaugurated

February 25, 2016 | 10:06
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Authorities in a village situated in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An have recently opened the province’s biggest village entrance with total expenses estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Officials in Quynh Doi Commune, Quynh Luu District have finished the inauguration ceremony for a brand new entrance to the village, according to Ho Quang Tuan, chairman of the Quynh Doi People’s Committee.

The construction covers a total area of 3,000 square meters, with the highest point 14 meters tall and the widest point 22 meters across.

The village entrance consists of one main gate, 6.9 meters high and seven meters wide, and two smaller side doors.

From outside the village, the entrance reads ‘Quynh Doi Village’ while people standing inside the rural area see large text reading ‘Khai Co 1378,’ signifying the year the village was established.

The village entrance is also the gate to Quynh Doi Commune as the locality only comprises one village, Chairman Tuan explained, adding that this is considered the largest village entry in Nghe An.

“The total budget for the building of this entrance was recorded at nearly VND3 billion [$134,040], which was bankrolled by villagers working away from their hometown. Construction started about a year ago,” the chairman said.

Quynh Doi Commune, located three kilometers east of National Highway 1, is home to about 1,400 households and 5,000 people.

The per capita income of the locality in 2015 was VND30.5 million ($1,362.7) a year, higher than the average amount of Quynh Luu District.

Serving as more than just an entrance and exit, village gates in Vietnam were once considered a part of the defense against intruders in ancient times and have become a symbol of art and history in modern times.


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