Downtown Victoria Tour
Fisgard Street – 500 Block / Government Street – 1600 Block and 1700 Block
Gate of Harmonious Interest

The Gate of Harmonious Interest was built at Government Street and Fisgard Street in 1980-81. It was dedicated in November 1981.

Gate of harmonious Interest, built in 1980-1981 (photo by Victoria Online Sightseeing Tours)

Here is a map showing the location of the Gate of Harmonious Interest at Fisgard Street and Government Street:

In August 1979 the City of Victoria’s Ad Hoc Committee recommended that a permanent Chinese gate be built in Victoria’s Chinatown as a symbol of “the spirit of cooperation and participation between our Chinese citizens and the rest of the community.”

This recommendation led to the construction of the Gate of Harmonious Interest (Tong Ji Men), which was formally dedicated in a ceremony on 13 November 1981.

The Gate of Harmonious Interest was designed by Mickey Lam, then the City of Victoria’s urban design planner.

The Gate of Harmonious Interest cost $130,000, half of which was contributed by the B.C. provincial government, approximately one quarter by Victoria’s Chinese Canadian community with the remainder from other sources.

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