Japanese Covered Bridge
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- Japanese Covered BridgeMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersFoodies+ 3Jan 21, 2014
Supposedly, this covered bridge was built by local Japanese in 1593. It was much smaller than I thought, but it was charming.
There is a small temple inside, as well as a monkey and dog statue on either side of the bridge's interior.
Do note that the inside area, as well as the entrance to the bridge, often gets really crowded with tons of people posing to take photos or trying to checkout the temple.
A tip: On the other side of the bridge is an area where souvenir shops and art galleries line the main street. We really liked the ambiance of the street.
- Japanese Covered BridgeFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
The western extremity of Tran Phu is marked by a small arched bridge of red-painted wood, popularly known as the Japanese Covered Bridge, which has been adopted as Hoi An’s emblem.
It was known to exist in the mid-sixteenth century, and has subsequently been reconstructed several times to the same simple design. According to local folklore, the bridge was erected after Japan suffered a series of violent earthquakes which geomancers attributed to a restless monster lying with its head in India, tail in Japan and heart in Hoi An. The only remedy was to build a bridge whose stone piles would drive a metaphorical sword through the beast’s heart and fortuitously provide a handy passage across the muddy creek.