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Japanese Covered Bridge

Attraction Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai Cẩm Phô tp. Hội An Quảng Nam, Vietnam Published on: 19-09-2016

Rating

Time to visit

30 mins

Opening hours

08:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Should visit at

06:30 PM

Should leave before

08:00 PM

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First-time visit Second-time visit

Category

Attraction
Cultural
Historic
Landmark
Must see
Kids
People watching

Price range

1.50 USD

Japanese Covered Bridge is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Japanese Covered Bridge or Cau Chua Pagoda (in Vietnamese "Cau Nhat Ban") is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hoi An, Vietnam.

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Why Japanese Covered Bridge is special ?

Legend has it that the bridge was built as a weapon of ancient people to deter the monster Mamazu, which has its head in India, its tail in Japan and its back in Vietnam, from causing earthquakes and other calamities. In fact, it was constructed by the Japanese trading community in 1593 to connect them with the Chinese area on the other side of a small stream. It remains until today as a spectacular attraction and is a beautiful trace of the Japanese influence in Vietnam. Since the building of this site was started in 1593 – Year of the Monkey, and finished in 1595 – Year of the Dog, a pair of these two animals’ statues has been placed at both ends. They represent for the guardians of the bridge. Japanese Bridge is renowned for its elaborate decorations, which can be most easily seen at the low entrance. Don’t miss the little porcelain bowls used to cap the ends of the tile, though the interior may be very dark. There’s a small temple on the north side of the bridge, right in the middle over the stream. In addition, visitors may find several interesting galleries at the other end.

What to explore at Japanese Covered Bridge?

The Japanese Covered Bridge or Cau Chua Pagoda (in Vietnamese “Cau Nhat Ban”) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hoi An, Vietnam. The original Vietnamese name of this bridge is “Lai Vien Kieu”. It is considered that the Japanese Covered Bridge belongs to the Japanese community in Hoi An, and was built in the early seventeenth century. No trip to Hoi An would be completely without visiting Japanese Covered bridge.

The Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An is a beautiful example of the Japanese architecture of the period. Connecting Tran Phu St with Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, the Japanese Covered bridge was constructed in the 1590s by the Japanese community of Hoi An, in order to create a link with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Over the centuries the ornamentation of the bridge has remained relatively faithful to the original Japanese design. Its simplicity contrasts greatly with the Vietnamese and Chinese penchant for wild decoration. The French flattened out the roadway to make it more suitable for their motor vehicles, but the original arched shape was restored during major renovation work carried out in 1986.

The bridge was constructed with a roof so that it could be used as a shelter from both rain and sun. To name the bridge, Nguyen Phuc Chu Lord, in his trip to Hoi An in 1719, carved prominently 3 Chinese characters above the door: “Lai Vien Kieu” ( = “Bridge for passengers by from Afar”). At one end of the bridge, there are 2 sculptures – of a dog and of a monkey. These two animals are symbols of sacredness in Japanese culture. Another reason behind these animal sculptures is that according to the Asian zodiac signs, in the year of the monkey and the year of the dog many of the Japanese Emperors were born. Records also say that the construction of the bridge was initiated in the dog year and was finished in the monkey year he Japanese Covered Bridge lies a temple of the northern God Tran Vo Bac De. This God is considered the God of Weather. People believe that He controls all kinds of weather changes and natural calamities, so the sailors both worship and fear Him.

The Japanese Covered Bridge is an invaluable property and has officially been established as the symbol of Hoi An.

Source: Hoian-tourism.com

Selling points

  • Most beautiful building in a town of beautiful buildings
  • Charming historical bridge
  • A bit of culture
  • curious novelty attraction in hoi an
  • Symbol of the city
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Total travel distance
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Japanese Pagoda or Bridge Pagoda,must see place when u come Hoi An

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You should not pay to cross!

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Scam!!! Do not buy the ticket. Go around. There are some small secret alleys. Despicable.

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An interesting place you should visit whenever come to Hoi An

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Interesting in hearing the story about the sword under this bridge. Visit HoiAn's best service hotel at: http://www.kimanhoianhotel.com/

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Beautiful and charming bridge. It's even more spectacular at night.The only issue is that is always crowded.

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Beautiful quaint old town with character, lovely shops and restaurants and the brige over remids you of the heritage of the town.

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This bridge is interesting, but it is filled with too many tourists! I could not get a picture without half a dozen foreigners standing in the way. See the bridge and then go beyond . . . there is extremely interesting shops, clan houses and halls, and temples on both sides of the bridge. Enjoy them!

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Do not go to Hoi An without visiting the Jaoanese Covered Bridge, It is absolutely beautiful. Pay to go over the bridge and you will be rewarded with a lovely quiet haven on the other side, There are shops and no bikes, well worth it.

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An interesting place you should visit whenever come to Hoi An

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