Hoi An Japanese Bridge: The Emblem of Old Town


To many people here, Hoi An Japanese Bridge is an outstanding symbol of Hoi An, one of Hoi An attraction that cannot be missed, let’s see what makes it so special?

Hoi An Japanese Bridge – From the history story
The Hoi An Japanese bridge is exactly a temple located on a bridge crossing a small creek in Hoi An ancient town. Built in the early 17th century by Japanese merchants, this is the only construction originated in Japan in the history.

It was not until 1653 that the temple was built. This area is connected to the north railing and protruded between the bridge. Since then, the name of the bridge has emerged

Hoi An Japanese Bridge – To The Architectural Beauty
Constructed by Japanese people but the bridge is characterized by the special Vietnamese architecture. The first special thing is the bridge’s structure. The bridge is about 18m long with the yin and yang roof tile above – a feature of Vietnamese architecture.
 The bridge has a unique roof, the two sides have narrow corridors to make a resting place with seven wooden compartments. Added to that, all the pagoda and bridge are made of wood, beautifully illuminated and carved with sophisticated patterns in Vietnamese architecture (the dragon is a typical example), and graced with Japanese style.

The bridge stretches across the Hoai River (a branch of Thu Bon river) and has a soft curving shape. The two bridgeheads are adorned with wooden statues, a dog statue at the first one and a monkey statue at the other. Many theories suggest that these are Japanese mascots from ancient times.

A special feature of this temple is that the pagoda does not worship Buddha but the Taoist God off weather, Tran Vo Bac De – the god who protects this region and dispenses joy and happiness to people. This expresses the people’s desire for spiritual things.