Predicted to become the fastest-growing economy by the year 2020, Vietnam has come a long way since its days of economic and political turmoil. Although still considered a developing economy, the country is Vietnam is prospering and developing at an unprecedented rate that no one could have anticipated. In addition to its rising economic prosperity, Vietnam is a country that will always be acknowledged the world over for her rich natural beauty, encompassing lush green rainforest and breath-taking sights such as the ones contained within Ha Long Bay, one of UNESCO’s most beautiful and captivating heritage sites. In addition to natural beauty, Vietnam is a country that is immensely rich with cultural heritage; with a history that dates back hundreds to even thousands of years.
One such instance of this that still remains in all its glory is the Japanese covered bridge, located in Hoi An, and dates back to the 18th century. If you’re an international traveler looking to visit this magnificent place then there is many a Hotel in Hoi An, Vietnam, that will suit your fancy. The Anantara Hoi An Resort is one of the most noteworthy options that is extremely popular among tourists.
The iconic Japanese-style bridge was opened in 1719, and had three Chinese symbols carved on it for good fortune. The bridge contains some more Chinese imagery in the form of two monkeys and two dogs , which symbolize the birth years of various Japanese Emperors, as well as the fact the construction of the bridge commenced in the year of the dog, and was completed during the year of the monkey. The nature, imagery and history associated with the bridge make it truly special as it as an amalgamation of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese culture.
So if you ever manage to make a visit to Vietnam, do not miss out on one of the most magical sights the country has to offer.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.