|Location||Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Designer||Akshaya Jain & Associates|
|Width||7.3 metres (24 ft)|
|Height||10.4 metres (34 ft)|
|Completion date||20 August 2015|
|Opening date||23 November 2015|
|Dedicated to||Friendship between India and Malaysia|
Torana Gate is a torana (a type of gateway) in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.The gate is a gift from the Government of India to Malaysia, as a mark of continued friendship between the two countries. It was influenced by Hindu and Buddhist architecture of the Indian subcontinent.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the construction of the Torana Gate during a state visit to Malaysia in 2010. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs invited 16 firms for its design competition, and appointed architects Akshaya Jain & Associates to design the gate. The design is identical to the Great Stupa at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh.
The gate was installed by developer MRCB Engineering Sdn Bhd on 20 August 2015. The Torana Gate was inaugurated on 23 November 2015 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
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