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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annette m
Newcastle, Australia186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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 21 February 2020
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kingvikramaditya
Dehradun, India584 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Solo
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 16 March 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,571 contributions
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Jan 2020
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 26 November 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada7,057 contributions
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Dec 2019
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 28 May 2020
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Tas G
Athens, Greece1,421 contributions
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Dec 2019
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 3 January 2020
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DoctorDerm1
Winter Springs, FL270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
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 5 March 2020
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ChicoRanMan
Chico, CA1,184 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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 16 January 2020
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Laura J
Whitefield, UK204 contributions
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Jan 2020
The bridge is impressive and looks fantastic. Trying to get a photo without hoardes of people in it is virtually impossible. To cross the bridge you do need a ticket and these can be bought from several huts across the Old Town.
Written 5 February 2020
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austraveller62
Hamilton, Australia15 contributions
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Jan 2020
After reading all the hype on the Japanese covered bridge it was a disappointment. It’s nothing but an old bridge. Yes it was historical but it was about 10 metres across and that was it. Looked better from the outside to get photos than the inside. If you go at the wrong time of the day they have it guarded and you will need a ticket to cross. We had to buy a ticket to even enter the old town which cost about $6, not of a lot of money but we had been told that we would only need a ticket if we wanted to go to certain buildings or the old Japanese bridge. Not sure what goes on but it is Vietnam and just go with it.
Written 11 January 2020
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Dr. Issa Abu-Dayyeh
Amman, Jordan4,547 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Nice Japanese-style beige overlooking Hoi An’s river.

Needs a ticket for entry, but quite nice to see. This is the only covered bridge in the world to host a Buddhist temple inside. So if you are into checking boxes, good place to visit. The bridge leads to a long street with several shops and street stands.

Decent visit, if you have time to kill in the city.

Recommended!
Written 6 January 2020
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