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The Japanese Bridge

The Japanese Bridge

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Cau pagoda, so-called Japanese Bridge, is the only ancient bridge left in Hoi An ancient town. The bridge was built in 1593. It has been restored twice in the 18th and 19th century.

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Cau pagoda is about 18 m long over a creek flowing to Thu Bon River. It has such a distinctive architecture. The upper part is a house and the lower part is a bridge. This structure is quite popular in Asian countries. The bridge is made of wood and the frame and foundation are mode of stone pillars. The bridge has a curve shape and tiled with planks. On the two sides of the bridge, there are spaces for traders to sell goods previously. Attached to the bridge is a small pagoda worshipping Huyen Thien the Great which was built how a century otter the bridge. Vietnam travel.

The pagoda is located next to the bridge, separated by a wooden wall. On the gate of the bridge stays the board with 3 words of “Lai Vien Kieu” written by Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu in 1719, which means “the bridge of foreign friends. At each end of the bridge, on both aisles are animal statues, monkey statues on a side, and two dog ones on the other. The statues were carved in jackfruit wood in flanking positions. In front of each object is a bowl of incense.

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