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Hot Attraction: The Magnificent Chinatown Arch

Located at Somerset Street West and Bronson Avenue. Photo credit: Philip Owen.

Feast your eyes on the newly completed Royal Arch, located in the heart of Ottawa’s Chinatown at Somerset Street West and Bronson Avenue. This is the first of its kind to be built outside China; unveiled last October, it took six months to construct and required the work of 26 Chinese technicians and artisans from Beijing. Notable features of the 12-metre-high structure include five metal coins hidden within it, which are said to bring blessings. The oldest of the five is from the Tang Dynasty in China and is more than 1,000 years old. Four mythic beasts – part lion, part tiger – guard each column of the arch. Go check it out for yourself to see what other amazing creatures you can spot!

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