As a unique bridge in Vietnam, Dragon Bridge has become a symbol of Da Nang city that no visitor can miss. However, few people understand the history of Da Nang Dragon Bridge. So, today’s article will help you learn about the history of this bridge and a few surprising facts that you didn’t know.
History of Danang Dragon Bridge
As the name suggests, Dragon Bridge with the shape of a dragon is 666m long and 37.5m wide, spanning the Han River. With a cost of nearly 1.5 billion VND, the bridge has six lanes and was first opened to traffic on March 29, 2013 on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang city. If you do not know, the design of the Dragon Bridge is associated with the advancements in the history of the new architectural art of Da Nang city.
It is the result of a design competition between famous architects to find the most special design for the bridge. Two architects from the US with the design of a flying dragon won.
Highlights of Dragon Bridge
Dragon Bridge is the bridge with the most unique architecture in Vietnam, the shortest road connecting Da Nang International Airport with the main roads in the city. Not only acting as the lifeline of the city, Dragon Bridge, with its architecture simulating a dragon of the Ly Dynasty reaching out to the sea, is one of the iconic architectures of Da Nang city.
The dragon’s tail is stylized with the shape of a blooming lotus, a traditional flower associated with a peaceful village in Vietnam. The winding dragon body reaches out to the sea, expressing Da Nang’s desire to integrate with friends from five continents. In terms of durability, the bridge is covered with 5 layers of anti-corrosion paint and protects the bridge from the effects of weather as well as providing an eye-catching yellow color.
Events at Dragon Bridge
Night is the best time to see the Dragon Bridge. Attached 15 000 led lights, the bridge becomes a real dragon with shimmering color effects. Moreover, Dragon Bridge also attracts tourists by many events and performances at night.
Dragon Bridge spits fire and spits water
For Da Nang tourists, along with learning about the history of Da Nang Dragon Bridge, admiring the fire-breathing Dragon Bridge is one of the most interesting moments. Fortunately, you can see this amazing performance every weekend for free. Regularly every 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday, Dragon Bridge will entertain locals and tourists with a wonderful performance of water and fire.
The first performance was a fire spray with 2 turns of 9 times. You will be surprised with the shimmering light combined with the fire spewing from the dragon’s head. Many visitors love the second performance, a rather short water show consisting of 3 turns of only 1 turn. The perfect place to enjoy the performance
On the bridge: When the bridge starts spewing fire, vehicles will not be allowed to travel on the bridge. So you can enjoy the performance right on the bridge. However, you should not stand near the dragon’s head if you do not want to get wet in the spray screen.
Under the bridge (Tran Hung Dao Street): Tran Hung Dao Street cuts across the Dragon Bridge right below the dragon’s head. Therefore, this place is an ideal place to enjoy the performance. Moreover, visitors can enjoy drinks from sidewalk bars along the street.
From Bach Dang street: Bach Dang street is located at the end of the bridge. From here you can admire the performance with a glimpse while gazing at the beauty of the Han River. However, you should choose cafes with balconies and go to the second floor to have a better view.
From above: A more interesting way to see the fire and water spray is from the top floors of buildings near the bridge. You can enjoy the performance and the whole night of Da Nang shimmering.
From other bridges: Da Nang is the city of many famous bridges such as Han River Bridge, Tran Thi Ly Bridge. Since these bridges are parallel to the Dragon Bridge, you can admire the spray of water and fire from both bridges.
Danang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF)
Da Nang is not only a destination for beautiful beaches, ancient temples and delicious food, but also a host to famous international events such as the Danang International Fireworks Festival. Once a year, fireworks competition teams from all over the world gather in this coastal city for the biggest fireworks competition of the year. The fireworks displays will take place on the Han River, so Dragon Bridge is a great place to watch the fireworks for free.
But if you want to see the performance and music to the fullest, you should arrive early before the show starts because there will be a lot of people gathered on the bridge.
How to go to Dragon Bridge?
From Hoi An
You can take a bus to Dragon Bridge during the day. This is an economical and comfortable means of transportation because the fare is only 20,000 VND per person including personal luggage. Moreover, every 20 minutes, there will be a bus from Hoi An to Da Nang.
If you want to ride a motorbike to Dragon Bridge, go straight on An Bang highway and then turn left at the roundabout when you see Thanh Hien seafood restaurant. Go straight on Vo Van Kiet street and you will see the bridge.
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From Da Nang
If your hotel is near My Khe beach, take Vo Nguyen Giap street and then turn left to Vo Van Kiet street. Go straight to the bridge. You can also go to Dragon Bridge by taking Tran Phu Street and then turning left.
Learning about the history of Dragon Bridge, the bridge with the most unique architecture in Vietnam, is an interesting experience for Da Nang tourists. Hope you will take the time to enjoy the beauty of this unique bridge during your trip to Da Nang.