05 September 2006

Japanese Bridge in Hoi An

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The construction on this covered bridge began in the Year of the Monkey (1593) and was finished in the Year of the Dog (1595), hence the monkey and dog sculptures at either end.

The covered bridge, also known as the Pagoda Bridge, was built by Japanese craftsmen who were part of a larger community of Japanese merchants active in Hoi An.
The bridge doubles as a temple, with shrines to several deities located inside.

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