As a unique bridge in Vietnam, Dragon Bridge has become an iconic image of Danang that no visitor should miss. However, have you ever heard about Dragon Bridge history? Well, this article today will provide you with the history of Dragon Bridge and surprising facts you might miss about this bridge.
As its name implies, The Dragon Bridge with the shape of the dragon is 666m long, 37.5m wide across the Han River. With a cost of nearly VND 1.5 trillion ($88m), it offers six lanes for traffic and first opened on March 29, 2013, to celebrate the 38th anniversary of Da Nang’s liberation. As you might or might not know, the design of Dragon Bridge is associated with the history of new architectural art in Da Nang. It is acquired from a competition among famous architects to bring the most exclusive design for the bridge. Two architects from the US with the design of a flying dragon has won the competition.
Not only is the bridge with one of a kind architecture in Vietnam but Dragon Bridge also is the arterial road of the city that provides the shortest road from Danang International Airport to other main roads in the city. Dragon Bridge, with the shape modeling a majestic dragon of the Ly Dynasty flying to the East Sea, is one of the most iconic architectures in Danang.
Dragon’s tail is stylized with the design of a blooming lotus flower, the traditional flower of the idyllic Vietnamese countryside. The undulating dragon’s body reaching the sea shows the ambition of Danang to integrate with friends all around the world. In terms of stability, 5 coating layers will prevent the bridge from corrosion and impacts of weather as well as bring the eye-catching golden color for the bridge.
Night is the best time to see Dragon Bridge. Featuring 15.000 LED lights, it turns into a real dragon with a dazzling light effect. Moreover, Dragon Bridge attracts many visitors with several events and performances at night.
To all Danang visitors, along with learning about the Dragon Bridge history, watching the fire-breathing performance of Dragon Bridge is one of the most exciting moments. Fortunately, you can easily witness fantastic performances during the weekend without paying a penny. Regularly, at 9 o’clock on Saturday and Sunday nights, Dragon Bridge will provide residents and tourists with fantastic fire and water performance.
The first performance is a fire-breathing show that comes in 2 turns with 9 times of fire each wave. You will be amazed by the dazzling lights combining with the fire that comes out from the dragon’s head. Many tourists love the second show, which is a much shorter water performance than the former one. It includes 3 turns but only 1 time of water per turn.
Danang is a destination of not only beautiful beaches, ancient temples, and delicious traditional food but also famous international events such as Danang International Firework Festival (DIFF). Once a year, many fireworks competitors from all around the world will gather in this coastal city to attend the biggest firework competition of the year. Since the firework performances will take place in the Han River, Dragon Bridge is one of the best places to enjoy the firework for free.
Unfortunately, if you want to enjoy both the performance and the music fully, you should arrive soon before the show begins as there will be a massive crowd on the bridge.
The point of departure: Hoi An
You can choose to take a bus to Dragon Bridge during day time. It is an affordable and convenient way to travel since the ticket is only VND 20,000 per person. Plus, there will be a bus every 20 minutes to take you from Hoi An to Danang. If you want to ride a motorbike to Dragon Bridge, go along the An Bang highway. Then take a left turn at the roundabout where you will see the “Thanh Hien” seafood restaurant. Go along the Vo Van Kiet Street and you will see our dragon.
The point of departure: Danang
If your hotel is near My Khe beach, reach Vo Nguyen Giap Street and take the left turn to Vo Van Kiet Street. Go ahead, and you will see the bridge. You can also reach the bridge by heading to Tran Phu Street and take the left turn.
Learning about Dragon Bridge history, the bridge with the best unique architecture in Vietnam is an enjoyable experience for all Danang visitors. We hope that you will take your time enjoying the fantastic beauty of this unique bridge during your Danang trip. Thank you for reading!
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