Like Long Bien Bridge over the Red River in Hanoi, Trang Tien Bridge ( Truong Tien Bridge ) is the first bridge across the Perfume River in Hue, located right next to the citadel.
Reflecting on the romantic Perfume River, Trang Tien Bridge witnessed many ups and downs in the country’s history and is always mentioned as a beautiful symbol of Hue.
The following article provides some information about Trang Tien Bridge in Hue . Hope it will be useful to you on your next visit.
Where is Trang Tien Bridge?
Located in the heart of Hue city, Trang Tien bridge connects the two banks of the Perfume River, the north belongs to Phu Hoa ward, the south belongs to Phu Hoi ward. Google Maps
The right time to visit Trang Tien Bridge
Hue’s climate is divided into 2 seasons: dry season (March to August) and rainy season (October to February). Therefore, the best time for you to go to Hue is from January to March, the weather is cool and pleasant.
History of Trang Tien Bridge
Having existed for more than 100 years, experiencing many ups and downs in history with Hue, Trang Tien Bridge was the first bridge built in Indochina in the late 19th century – early 20th century.
Time to build Trang Tien bridge
In the fall of 1896, King Thanh Thai issued a decree to build an iron bridge. In April 1897, Governor General of Indochina Doumer came to Hue and discussed with the court to focus on investing to have long-term sustainable construction. The construction of the bridge was assigned to the Eiffel firm
When Truong Tien Bridge began to be built, King Thanh Thai was the one who laid the first stone. After two years, the bridge consists of 6 spans of steel beams in the shape of ivory combs (semicircle), the ironwood floor is completed.
The cost of building the bridge at that time amounted to 400 million Indochinese dong, which was not a small amount.
The times of repairing Trang Tien bridge
In 1904, after being put into use for 5 years, the bridge was toppled by a storm. It was not until 1906 that the bridge was restored and completed.
In 1937, during the reign of King Bao Dai, the bridge was repaired more firmly and more widely. At this time, the bridge has more paths for pedestrians and cyclists.
In 1946 during the war against the French colonialists, the bridge was demolished.
By 1953, the bridge was completely repaired. However, during the 1968 Tet Offensive, the bridge continued to be destroyed and damaged and it was not until 1991 that it was restored and completed in 1995.
In 2002, Trang Tien Bridge was installed with a modern color changing LED lighting system.
Architecture of Truong Tien Hue Bridge
How many spans does Truong Tien Bridge have?
Designed in Gothic style, the bridge has a total length of 402.60 meters, a height of 5.45 meters, and a width of 6 meters. The structure of the bridge consists of 6 spans and 12 spans, combined into 6 pairs. 6 spans with steel girders, bearing the shape of a comb, the span of each span is 67m.
When newly built, the bridge did not have pedestrian walkways. The bridge deck is only paved with ironwood boards.
Through many times of repair and remediation, there have been many significant changes, becoming the bridge it is today.
The name of Truong Tien or Trang Tien bridge?
Since its construction until now, the bridge in Hue has been renamed many times.
Initially, Trang Tien Bridge was called Thanh Thai Bridge (due to completion in the 11th year of Thanh Thai).
In 1907, when King Thanh Thai was exiled by the French to Réunion Island, Thanh Thai Bridge was renamed Clémenceau Bridge at that time.
In 1945, the bridge was renamed to Nguyen Hoang Bridge.
Since the country’s unification, the bridge was renamed Trang Tien.
In 2004, it was officially changed to Truong Tien, because in the past, opposite the left bank of the bridge, there was a mint of the Nguyen Dynasty.
However, since then, the two names of Truong Tien and Trang Tien bridges still go hand in hand. The bridge has also become an attractive destination, attracting a large number of tourists to visit during the Hue travel itinerary.
Which river does Truong Tien Bridge cross?
Trang Tien Bridge is crossed over the Perfume River. This is also the first bridge in Hue across the Perfume River, located right next to the ancient citadel.
How beautiful is Trang Tien Bridge to become a symbol of Hue?
Besides the long history, witnessing the historical ups and downs of the country, Trang Tien Bridge has a beauty that every visit, visitors will remember forever.
Trang Tien Bridge has a lyrical beauty
The image of Trang Tien Bridge silently reflecting the light and poetic Perfume River has long symbolized the beauty of the lyrical mountains of Hue.
Trang Tien Bridge in phoenix season
Summer is also the time when the rows of phoenix trees bloom red on the banks of the Perfume River, clearly adorning the symbolic bridge.
Trang Tien Bridge at night
Coming to Trang Tien Bridge when each street in Hue has been lit up, you will have to admire the splendid light party. In particular, the bands of blue, yellow, orange, red, etc. on the bridge will create a fanciful space.
Fascinating experience when visiting Trang Tien Bridge in Hue
Take a walk on the bridge and see the Perfume River
Walking leisurely on the pedestrian path on Trang Tien Bridge on a nice day is an interesting experience. At that time, you will clearly feel the quiet, rustic life of the ancient ancient capital.
See the romantic Perfume River
The best view to see the Perfume River is nowhere but Trang Tien Bridge. When looking down, you will see the water drifting by, dotted with a few boats or Dragon boats.
Extremely “genuine” background
The commemorative photos in Hue should definitely not miss the Trang Tien bridge background. It has an ancient beauty and brings strange peace.
Walking on Nguyen Dinh Chieu pedestrian street at the foot of the bridge
As a destination that attracts a lot of tourists when coming to Hue, Nguyen Dinh Chieu pedestrian street is located at the foot of Trang Tien bridge.
This place looks noisy and bustling every night. Here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy Hue specialties as well as buy souvenirs as gifts.
Tourist attractions near Trang Tien Bridge
- Hue capital
- Ngu Binh Mountain
- Thien Mu Pagoda
- Tomb of Tu Duc
- Khai Dinh mausoleum
- Minh Mang tomb
Are you looking to explore Hue tourist attractions? refer to the tour: Hue City Tour – Private Tour
Frequently asked questions about Trang Tien Bridge
- Trang Tien Bridge in Hue crosses which river?
Trang Tien Bridge in Hue crosses the romantic Perfume River. Is this also the first bridge across the Perfume River in Hue?
- Trang Tien Bridge or Truong Tien Bridge?
Both names above are correct. Before being renamed Truong Tien, the bridge was called Trang Tien.