Wandering in the tiny yet beautiful Hoi An town the UNESCO World Heritage Site, one may come across a bridge with elegant curves and elaborate decorations - the Japanese Bridge, which was built in the early 17th century by Japanese craftsmen who were part of a larger community of Japanese merchants active in this town. At that time, the bridge acted as a symbolic gesture of peace between the Japanese community and the Chinese quarter. Streets, shops, pagodas and houses were also constructed since then. But no one knows exactly who built this amazing work although it has been appreciated for centuries.
The bridge is renowned by its exquisite decorations. A pair of monkey and dog statue is placed at both ends for the bridge was started and completed in the year of the two animals. Porcelain bowls applied to endure the ends of the tile. There’s a small shrine used to honor the northern deity Tran Vo Bac De who controls weather.
Two major streets of Hoi An’s old quarter are connected by this 20-meter-long bridge above the serene Thu Bon River. You can easily find art galleries and cafes line both sides of the peaceful street beyond.
If you are looking for a Zen-inspired tour, check out our selected 10-Day Best of Vietnam!