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Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An

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Favored by the locals, Japanese Covered Bridge stands as one of the most famous city landmarks. The iconic bridge was built in the end of the 16th century to connect the Japanese and Chinese areas of the town. A legend has it that the bridge sits on the back of an ancient monstrous earthquake-causing dragon. A small, simple temple inside the bridge is dedicated to a weather god, who is believed to have the power to stop earthquakes. The wooden pagoda roof and the original ornamentation are well-preserved and the arched shape of the road was restored in 1986. Notice the pairs of guardian statues on each entrance, representing dogs and monkeys. There are two explanations for this--one is that these are the years in the Chinese calendar when the bridge was begun and finished and the other one is that these are the Zodiac signs of many Chinese emperors. Add Japanese Covered Bridge to your Hoi An travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hoi An vacation route planner.
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  • I think it's overrated. It is nice but the rest of the town is even nicer. True that it has a meaningful history, but no as much as other places in town. You'll see it wether you want or not because i...  more »
  • If you are already in Hoi An near the riverside, than it's easy to just walk to and across this Japanese covered bridge which has a history and looks quite interesting. During the Tet (Lunar New Year)...  more »
  • Very Quaint. Extremely busy and also very pretty on the evening. It's not very big and you will be over it in less than 2 minutes. 
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  • It's a nice bridge. But it's basically just a good landmark to gauging your location. Not quite worth one heritage ticket IMO. Tickets better used for the nearby Quan Trieu assembly, etc.
  • Nice bridge, but surrounded by tourist... You can't take a picture without someone on it by day. However, the architecture is nice to see !
  • One of Vietnam's most iconic attractions, Hoi An's Japanese covered bridge dates back to the 18th century and is a beautiful historical piece of Japanese architecture. It is claimed that it was created by the Japanese then living in Hoi An as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water. The bridge was opened by Nguyen Phuc Chu Lord in 1719 who carved three Chinese symbols above the door in commemoration. The bridge also features the sculptures of two dogs and two monkeys representing the Chinese years in which many Japanese Emperors were born along with the fact that the building of the bridge began in the year of the dog and was completed in the year of the monkey. The Japanese Covered Bridge underwent renovation work in 1986 which saw the restoration of the arch that was once flattened to make way for cars. Today, the bridge stands as a symbol of Hoi An and remains as aesthetically pleasing as it was when it first opened.
  • nice place for travel. they have a lot vendor u could buy anything. and hand made some are look good too. u could try to play "bài chòi" one of traditional games vietnam and get gift if you win. but the food are quite expensive but they are actually delicious.
  • Nice place to visit when you travel to Hoi An, Da Nang, Viet Nam.