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Highlights Archives: Japanese Bridge

The bridge was built by the Japanese trading community in 1593 to link them with the Chinese quarter on the other side of a small stream. The bridge is obviously very solidly built, almost out of proportion to the small trickle which runs under it. At either end of the bridge are alters to guardians of the bridge. One end has a pair of monkeys, while the other is guarded by dogs (left). There’s also a sort of temple on the north side of the bridge, right in the middle over the stream. The former harbor town of the Cham at the estuary of the Thu Bon River was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. Originally, Hai Pho was a divided town with the Japanese settlement across the “Japanese Bridge”(16th-17th century). The bridge (Chua cau) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side.

Hoi An

Hoi An is a city on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. The city possessed the largest harbor in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and was known as Champa City. Between the seventh and 10th centuries, the Cham (people of Champa) controlled the strategic spice trade [...]


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6 Days 5 Nights Ho Chi Minh City/Hoi An/Hanoi/Halong Bay (PTV6D-1)

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam. It was once known as Prey Nokor, an important Khmer sea port prior to annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent state of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1975.


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