Japanese Covered Bridge or Cau Pagoda is a place across the creek flowing into the Thu Bon River bordering Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu Street, Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province. This is the only ancient bridge left in Hoi An – the “Lai Vien” bridge. The bridge is known by the people in Hoi An as the Cau Pagoda, a familiar monument that has become a symbol of Hoi An urban area.
Japanese Covered Bridge – the common name for an architectural complex consisting of a small temple mounted on the northern slope of the ancient bridge in Hoi An ancient town (now Hoi An city), in Quang Nam province. Together with Phat Diem Bridge (Ninh Binh), Thanh Toan Tile Bridge (Thua Thien-Hue), Hoi An Covered Bridge is one of three roof tile bridges in Vietnam, known by many tourists.
The 18 m long bridge with seven wooden pavilions, bends through creeks flowing into the Hoai River (a tributary of the Thu Bon River) between Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu streets of Hoi An City. The bridge has a soft bend shape, many beautiful motifs. Bridges and pagodas are painted lacquered very elaborately. The pagoda’s face turned to the river, the temple roof covered with yin and yang covered the bridge.
Japanese Covered Bridge is an architecture built by Japanese merchants in Hoi An in the early 17th century. The bridge also has other names: Japanese Bridge or Lai Vien Bridge, visited by Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu. An naming year 1919, with the intention of waiting for you from afar.
For Hoi An locals, Japanese Covered Bridge is the soul, a symbol that has existed for more than four centuries. Covered Bridge has undergone at least 6 renovations but still retains its original ancient features. Covered Bridge was recognized as a National Historical-Cultural Monument in 1990. And the image of Covered Bridge is on the polymer bill of VND 20,000 today.
How to get there?
If you are staying in Hoi An, you can walk to Ancient Town, or rent bicycle from hotel.
If you are staying in Danang, rent private car with driver from hotel in Danang to Hoi An. Driver will bring you to outside close bridge. Then you will walk to the town and visit by yourself.