Japanische Bruecke, Hoi An, Vietnam, Japanische Brücke

One of Vietnam's most iconic landmarks was built by Japanese merchants và is now in danger of sinking.

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Hoi An is an old port thành phố in central Vietnam giới that flourished from the 16th to 19th-century, attracting traders from Japan, Trung Quốc, and Europe. Its historic district, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the Hoi An Ancient Town, was divided between the Chinese & Japanese quarters, connected by a beautiful arched bridge.

Chua Cau, commonly referred to lớn as the Japanese Covered Bridge, is one of the most iconic sights in Hoi An’s old town, having survived the Vietphái mạnh War và noted for its ornate thiết kế. It was constructed by Japanese merchants in 1593, và in 1653, a small temple was erected at the center of the bridge. According lớn legover, the Japanese built the temple khổng lồ subdue the Namazu, a mythical catfish boss khủng that causes earthquakes.

There are statues of a monkey and a dog on the ends of the bridge, inspired by the Chinese zodiac years on which its construction started và ended. The bridge was named “Lai Vien Kieu “(“bridge for passers-by from afar”) by Nguyen Phúc Chu in 1719 after a quote from the Analects of Confucius

In 1639, Japan adopted a strictly isolationist foreign policy resulting in the end of its trade with Vietphái nam. The Japanese quarter was all but abandoned, and the Dutch East India Company withdrew from Hoi An that same year. Eventually, its status as an important trade port was also passed on lớn Da Nang. Thanks lớn this, the thành phố evaded damage during the Vietnam giới War, preserving its historic sites.

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That said, the current Japanese Covered Bridge is not the original that was built during the 16th-century. It has undergone several renovations and restorations, in fact, its architectural style has become more Chinese and Vietnamese than Japanese over time. Most recently, it was restored in 1986.

The bridge was depicted on the 20,000 dong banknote, which was first issued in 2006. Currently, it’s suffering from erosion caused by the sewer below và is in danger of either tilting or sinking.

Know Before You Go

To explore the old town of Hoi An, visitors are expected khổng lồ pay 1trăng tròn,000 VND (5 USD) to purchase a mix of five tickets. While it"s free of charge to cross the Japanese Covered Bridge, it costs one ticket to lớn visit its temple.