Hoi An – the city located in the central part of Vietnam, is considered to be the typical emblem of Vietnam representing all the sights, sounds and tastes of a miracles Vietnam. Hoi An is the home to myriad attractive tourist attractions with millions of visits annually. If you are planning a trip to this ancient city and have not made up your mind on where to spend your time, Japanese Covered Bridge should be your choice – one of the most obvious iconic symbols of charming and elegant Hoi An.
Japanese Covered Bridge’ history
Constructed in the early 17th century by Japanese community, Japanese Covered Bridge today has become the living representation of the ancient ruins and become one of the most-visited and well-known sites in Hoi An. In the past, the bridge was built with a view to connecting the whole Japanese community and the Chinese quarters. Since then, it has been the image of peace as well as a valuable historic work appreciated over centuries.
For centuries, Japanese Covered Bridge has experienced some significant changes with a renovation in 1986 by the French.
Japanese Covered Bridge’s highlights
First and foremost, Japanese Covered Bridge makes a good impression on visitors’ for its appearance. At both ends, there are two statues of animals which are considered the guardians of the bridge. There exists a conspicuous sculpture of a dog at one end of the bridge and a sculpture of monkey on the other end. In Japanese culture, those two animals symbolize the sacredness as a lot of Japanese emperors were born in the year of dog or monkey.
Additionally, there is a small shrine inside Japanese Covered Bridge. It is a place to pay tributes to Tran Vo Bac De, in the belief of people, who plays an important role in controlling the weather.
Do not ignore several interesting galleries at the other end of the bridge to pay a visit and take photos. For sure, you will find it hard to resist the charming historical Japanese Covered Bridge.
Visit Japanese Covered Bridge
The bridge crosses a small stream on the west end of the Hoi An ancient town and connects two main street of the old town Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and Tran Phu Street.
You are advised to take a bike tour to capture all the best things of the bridge.