If you journey to the Central Coast of Vietnam you will come across the quaint little town of Hoi An. Set in a picturesque backdrop there is a long history here, tied to deep religious roots. Many years ago access to Hoi An was almost completely cut off when the Thu Bon River became clogged with silt. However, twenty years ago, the little town found fame in the form of tourism. Tourists have been flocking here looking for accommodation at a hotel in Hoi An. Vietnam is a country often associated with bustling crowds and frenzied activity but this town offers a contrasting leisurely pace. To enjoy a slice of luxury and experience the old world charm stay at the Anantara Hoi An Resort.
Walk the streets of Hoi An and admire the architecture of bygone times. Most noteworthy is the Japanese covered bridge. This beautiful structure complete with a wooden roof is an example of historic Japanese architecture in Vietnam. It was built in the 1590s by the Japanese residents of Hoi An and renovated in 1986 to bring back the distinctive arch which had been flattened at one time. The bridge connects Tran Phu Street with Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and provides access to the Chinese quarters that are found across the water. The bridge stretches approximately sixty feet in length and is painted bright red, a colour that is perceived as positive in both China and Japan. Upon crossing the bridge, you will find paintings for sale by local artists from the area.
The bridge is adorned by sculptures of two dogs and two monkeys. The animals are symbolic in representing the years construction of the bridge commenced and concluded. The northern side of the bridge houses a temple devoted to the Taoist God of weather, Tran Vo Bac De. Here, locals will offer prayers to keep away earthquakes.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.