Japanese Covered Bridge
Japanese Covered Bridge
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A local favorite, construction on this covered bridge began in the Year of the Monkey (1593) and was finished in the Year of the Dog (1595), hence the monkey and dog sculptures at either end.
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skyisblu
Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
Start attraction of Hoi An Old Town, the covered bridge seems to be what every person in town flocks to during their visit of the historical building. Part of the Old Town Entry fee, this site counts for one of the 5 locations you can visit on one ticket. Inside, the main bridge is beautiful with the view out the front towards the water lovely, but the glorious painting on the ceiling being the most impressive. Toward the back of the bridge, there is a room that was once the location of a shrine, but now contains historical photographs of Hoi An and the bridge. There is also man who sells Chinese zodiac medallions. One thing of note: the east entrance of the bridge is manned by attendants, punching your Hoi An Old Town ticket. The west entrance next to the Old Phung Hung House, does not(or did not on the day we visited - take that as you will).
Written May 12, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
The pretty "Japanese Covered Bridge" has been there for centuries and even the most accomplished Vietnamese scholars are uncertain about its precise year of construction, but estimate that it was probably built around the 1590s. In ancient Hôi An, the Japanese and Chinese quarters were separated by a canal in the "The Bon River". So, Japanese businessmen decided to build a bridge connecting "Nguyen Thi Minh Kai Road" (on the Japanese Quarter - West Side) to "Tran Phu Road" (on the Chinese Quarter - East Side). As legends tell, its construction started in the "Year of Dog" and was finished in the "Year of the Monkey". Therefore, statues of two dogs were placed at one end and of two monkeys, at the other end. Inside the bridge, "Tran Vo Bac De", a Taoism deity - the "God of Weather", is enshrined. More than a bridge, it is a symbol of Hôi An and represents the fusion of the various cultures found this city over the past centuries. A visit is a must and may "Tran Vo Bac De" bless your journey in Hôi An, a Unesco appointed "World Heritage Site" since 1999! Enjoy!
Written November 26, 2020
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Constructed in the 1600's, the Japanese Covered Bridge was built to connect the Japanese and Chinese quarters of the city in a gesture of peace, by spanning the narrow canal below. The interior of the bridge contains a small shrine and other details. The carvings and architectural details on the exterior are worth a stop to absorb their beauty. In Vietnamese: "Cau Nhat Ban" is shorter than I expected, yet understandably the icon of Hoi An. Visitors are said to be limited to 20 at a time to protect the integrity of the structure, although the numbers seemed far greater when we initially crossed through. Best viewed from the side exterior at canal's edge, this is a good location to get the perfect photo.
Written February 17, 2020
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annette m
Newcastle, Australia160 contributions
To cross the bridge you have to buy the city ticket, although we did walk over it a few days before without having yet bought our ticket. It is interesting to see, if you appreciate architecture and out the back is a rickety floorboarded museum. It only takes about 15 mins to view, and is good to see at night, if you can see through the crowds. It is something local to Hoi An and a way to escape the same same same of the markets.
Written February 21, 2020
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Deepak DB
Mumbai, India932 contributions
Of the many attraction in Hoi An, this one requires one to buy a Attractions Ticket which covers this one and few other museums and temples in the heritage town. We came to know of this later hence couldn't get past the entrance. However the bridge looks lovely from outside. Inside there were a lot of tourist hence plan you trip well to account for the rush. Must visit place for Instagrammers.
Written January 28, 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada4,110 contributions
The Japanese Covered Bridge was constructed in the 16th century by the Japanese community in Hoi An. It connected the Japanese quarter to the Chinese quarter. The bridge symbolized peace between the two communities. It has been restored many times over the years and no long has the original Japanese architecture. It now reflects Vietnamese architecture. There is a small shire inside the bridge. There is also statues of a dog and a monkey on opposing sides of the bridge. It is lovely to look at.

One of your tickets will allow you to cross one way. If you wish to cross twice it will use two tickets. It is a beautiful bridge but most of its beauty is looking at it from the road or other free bridge a few feet away in front of it. I personally wouldn’t use one of my tickets to cross it. It is small and was very crowded plus everyone wants the same picture inside and out front.

Don't forget to purchase your ticket before heading to a this stop at the Old Town Booth. The tickets includes 5 entrance fees. You have 24 hours from time of purchase to use them. It cost 120,000VND (around $7.10CAD). There are 21 sightseeing to choose from.
Written May 28, 2020
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kingvikramaditya
Haridwar439 contributions
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Japanese Covered Bridge is a landmark of the Old City of Hoi An. It is probably the best example of Vietnamese-Japanese cooperation and a mark of the olden days of the Japanese merchants who made Hoi An their home. It has a temple inside and a stairway connecting people from the entrance of the Old City to the other side of it. Of course, at night it comes to life and every tourist wants to have some photos with it.
Written March 16, 2020
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DoctorDerm1
Winter Springs, FL262 contributions
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This historic bridge was built by the Japanese to be closer to the Chinese side of the city. It was built in the year of the dog and finished in the year of the monkey, so be sure to see the dogs on one side and the monkey statues on the other side. Interesting from the historic aspect since about 400 years old!
Written March 5, 2020
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Tas G
Athens, Greece1,292 contributions
The bridge is almost at the beginning of Hoi An city right in front of the river and is mostly a busy and crowded place but still there are times of the day that you can enjoy it and take photos without being disturbed. Better visit it during day or early in the morning.
It is a great old structure that travels you to the past.
Written January 3, 2020
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ChicoRanMan
Chico, CA1,201 contributions
I don’t understand the big draw to the Japanese Bridge except that it’s 400 years old. Some very old carved monkeys ‘guard’ each end of the bridge. It was packed with tourists.

It looks like there is some fee if you enter from the east end. We unknowingly entered from the west end for free.
Written January 16, 2020
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