Japanese Bridge Hoi An Introduction
Japanese Bridge or Japanese Covered Bridge is a bridge across the creek flowing into the Thu Bon River bordering Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu streets, Hoi An town, Quang Nam province. This is the only ancient bridge left in Hoi An - the "Lai Vien" bridge. The bridge is known by the people in Hoi An as the Cau Pagoda, a familiar monument that has become a symbol of Hoi An urban area.
The Japanese Bridge Feature
Japanese Covered Bridge - the common name for an architectural complex consisting of a small temple mounted on the northern slope of the ancient bridge in Hoi An ancient town (now Hoi An city), in Quang Nam province. Along with Phat Phat Diem Bridge (Ninh Binh), Thanh Toan Tile Bridge (Thua Thien-Hue), Japanese Bridge in Hoi An is one of three tile roof bridges in Vietnam, known by a lot of tourists.
The 18-meter-long bridge, with seven wooden pavilions, bends through a creek flowing into the Hoai River (a tributary of the Thu Bon River) between Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu streets of Hoi An City. The bridge has a soft bend shape, many beautiful motifs. The bridge and pagoda are painted lacquered very elaborately. The pagoda's face turned to the river, the roof of the temple covered with yin and yang tiles.
Japanese Covered Bridge is an architecture built by Japanese merchants in Hoi An in the early 17th century. The bridge also has other names: Japanese Bridge or Lai Vien Bridge, named by Nguyen Phuc Chu Lord in 1919 with the mention of waiting for a friend from afar.
The identity of Cau Pagoda is associated with the legend of Con Cu (Mamazu) - a type of sea monster with head located in India, its body is in Vietnam and the tail is as far as Japan. Every time the Con Cu stirred up, it caused floods, earthquakes ... Japanese Covered Bridge was considered as a sword controlling the monster's back, stop it moving the sea monsters, keeping the life peaceful.
Japanese Covered Bridge is one of the quite special architectural monuments. The temple roof covered with yin and yang tiles whole bridge. On the main door of Cau Pagoda, there is a large sign embossing 3 Chinese characters, Lai Vien Kieu.
Both the pagoda and the bridge are made of lacquered wood and the pagoda faces the river. Two ends of the bridge have 2 couples wooden statues standing on the flanking, one side is the dog statues, the other is the monkey statues, (probably derived from the meaning of the bridge built from the year of the dog to the monkey).
Legend has it that the animals worshiped by the Japanese from ancient times.
Although it is called a temple but inside there is no Buddha statue. In the middle part (called the pagoda), worshiping a wooden statue of Bac De Tran Vo - the guardian god of the country, gives happiness and safety to people, expressing the sacred aspiration that people want to send to heaven and earth to May all the good things.
For Hoi An people, the Japanese bridge is the soul, a symbol that has existed for more than four centuries. Japanese Covered Bridge has undergone at least 6 renovations but still retains its original ancient features. The Japanese Bridge was recognized as a National Historical-Cultural Monument in 1990 and the image of Japanese Covered Bridge is on the polymer bill of VND 20,000 today.
Japanese Bridge Hoi An Ticket
To visit and go through the Japanese Bridge Hoi An, you have to buy an entrance ticket and you can use your ticket for all sites in Hoi An ancient town during your stay in Hoi An. There are 5 pieces in your ticket. Once you enter the historical site, they will cut 1 piece from your ticket. It costs about VND 120,000 for adults. Children under 10 years old are free of charge.
How to visit?
If you would like to visit Japanese Bridge Hoi An as well as the highlights of Hoi An ancient town such as Fujian Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Old House, Hoi An central market, etc, you should book Hoi An City Tour via Culture Pham Travel.