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Moon gate at Hortus Haren in the Netherlands

A moon gate (Chinese: 月亮门; pinyin: yuèliàngmén) is a circular opening in a garden wall that acts as a pedestrian passageway. It is a traditional architectural element in Chinese gardens. [1]

The shapes of the gates and their tiles have different spiritual meanings. The sloping roofs of a gate represent the half moon of the Chinese summers, and the tips of the tiles of the roof have talismans on the ends of them.

A wall-less moon gate in Bermuda

Moon gates were incorporated into the architecture of Bermuda in the late 19th century, around the same time that the British territory began importing Easter lily bulbs from Japan for cultivation. Bermudan moon gates are slightly different from the original Chinese designs, as they are often left freestanding or attached to a low wall. In Bermuda, it is regarded as good luck for newlyweds to step through the gate.



  1. ^ Xue, Ying; Gibson, Kathleen (April 2019). "Moon Gate as an Evolutionary Interior Archetype". Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Culture, Education and Economic Development of Modern Society (ICCESE 2019). Vol. 310. Atlantis Press. p. 327. doi:10.2991/iccese-19.2019.75. ISBN 978-94-6252-698-3.