The Japanese Covered Bridge, also known as the Laiyuan Bridge, was originally funded by the Japanese to build it. There are two Chinese zodiac guards at each end of the bridge. The covered bridge is very small and there are many tourists. Tickets are needed. It feels not so worthwhile. If you like, you can go and see
The bridge is Japanese but the temple is Chinese , it's amazing how the wooden structure hold such a big flow of tourist everyday!
Hoi An is just an achingly beautiful place, made even more beautiful by signature artistic flourishes such as the Japanese Covered Bridge.More than just a bridge, it was originally constructed in the 1590's and to connect two very different parts of town - the Chinese community and the Vietnamese community. Today this stunning wooden bridge is the gateway to the narrow streets of the old town. It's a lovely symbol of Hoi An's inclusive history and makes a great Instagram shot too!
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.
Nice bridge but not mind blowing. Definitely worth the visit as part of a Hoi An trip