Japanese Bridge in Vietnam – Symbol of Hoi An

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Located in Hoi An, this quaint covered bridge was made in the 1950s, to connect the Chinese quarters with the Japanese communities.

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François GuerrazChùa Cầu, Hội An, from an angleCC BY-SA 3.0

History

Built in the 1950s, this bridge was made according to the Japanese architectural designs and later, the French crushed the path for vehicles. In 1986, the original arched structure was brought back to the bridge.

When to go

The bridge is due for a complete renovation, so if you are planning on staying at one of the Hoi An hotels in Vietnam before the demolition, do take the time to visit as it is just a short drive away from places like Anantara Hoi An Resort.

Now showing Photo, The Japanese Bridge
Image Credit: Anantara Hoi An Resort

Architecture

Both the ends of the bridge are guarded by statues of monkeys and dogs respectively. It is said that the construction began in the year of the monkeys and was completed in the year of the dogs. Entering the Japanese Bridge in Vietnam is free but to visit the temple at the end of the bridge, you will have to pay a small fee. If there is a language issue and they charge you a fee for just walking across the bridge, explain to them that you are not going to see the temple.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

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