Hoi An Bridge – like the name. This temple is located on a bridge across a creek in the ancient town of Hoi An. Built in the early 17th century by Japanese merchants. This is the only one that has originated from the country of origin in history. The Japanese bridge is another name for the bridge.
Hoi An Bridge. Historical – Bridge Pagoda a symbol of Hoi An. It is even honored to appear on the polymer paper 20 thousand.
The Legend of Hoi An Pagoda
Legend has it that this temple is associated with the monster legend Namazu (also known as Cu). This is a legendary monster in Japan. This beast is located in India, the body in Vietnam, the tail is running to Japan. So every time it moves, catastrophes like floods, earthquakes … will happen.
Thus, the temple was built with the same meaning as a sword blocking the back of Namazu, preventing it from reviving, helping the people’s lives … all three countries are more peaceful (of course, only spiritual) .
It was not until 1653 that a new temple was erected. This area connects to the northern railings, protruding between the bridge, and the name of the bridge was born from that bridge.
Wat Hoi An Temple of Culture
Built by the Japanese, but Bridge Bridge bearing bold architectural special of Vietnam.
The first special thing is in the structure of the bridge. Temple Bridge is about 18m long and is a tile bridge. That is, the roof is roofed with yin and yang. A characteristic of Vietnamese architecture.
Covered bridge is quite unique, in the middle is the bridge over the bridge. Both sides have narrow corridors to make the resort with seven wooden compartments. Rather, all the pagodas and bridges are made of wood, lacquered and carved with many fine details in Vietnamese architecture – typically dragon, at the same time a little bit of Japanese style.
Construction time of Hoi An bridge
From a distance, the bridge has a smooth bend, crossing Hoai River (a branch of the Thu Bon River). The two ends of the bridge have wooden statues stand. One is a dog, one is a monkey. Many hypotheses are that these are the Japanese mascots from ancient times. But it can also mean the bridge built from the year of the Bodhisattva, which lasts until the year of the Dog. This is not yet conclusive.
In 1719, Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu, when visiting Hoi An see the special Bridge Pagoda should name the bridge is Lai Vien, meaning “you far away”. Today, we can still see three kanji: Lai Vien Kieu is carved on a large signboard in front of the pagoda.
The special point of this temple is not worshiped in the Buddhist temple that the North of Tran Vo. God protects the country, the joy and happiness for man. Express the spiritual aspirations that people want to send the same heaven and earth to look forward to every good.
Hoi An Pagoda A significant historical relic
In 1990, Cau Pagoda was recognized as National Historical-Cultural Relic. Not only spiritual, the bridge also plays an important role in transport.
So far, the temple seems to have become an invaluable asset, formally chosen as the symbol of Hoi An.