Most Beautiful Bridges Crossing The Han River - Danang City
Danang’s bridges do not only contribute to the economic development of the city but also acts as a connector of all the tourist destinations within the city. Affectionately known as the “City of Bridges,” Danang is quite modest but it boasts 6 bridges crossing Han River, all of which are stunning and magnificent. Take a cruise along the Han River and admire these spectacular works of architecture and engineering can be considered a worthwhile experience. Or hiring a mortobike and go do the sightseeing the stunning beauty of the City of Bridges from above, is a fabulous experience too!
1. Nguyen Van Troi Bridge
Nguyen Van Troi Bridge was constructed in 1965, the only bridge connecting the east and west of Da Nang. The bridge was designed and built with a Poni steel truss arches architecture, and serving the purpose of war by RMK (America) - one of the rare bridge in Vietnam having arch structure made of Poni steel frame. In 1978, the bridge’s timber deck was removed and replaced by reinforced concrete. In 1996, the deck was replaced again with steel panels for weight reduction (due to its weak foundation). The bridge consists of 14 steel truss Poni spans of over 500m and the width of 10.5m with no margin for pedestrian. After the Liberation Day in 1975, the bridge was named after the name of a hero - Nguyen Van Troi. This is one of the oldest bridges in Da Nang. It was renovated in 1978 and 1996 with the cost of 20.3 billion VND, Nguyen Van Troi bridge, the over a half-century-old bridge has become the first walking bridge in the beach city.
Keping the Nguyen Van Troi Bridge also means keeping the lovely “Cinderella” of Han River – a history’s witness that bears many primitive memories of Da Nang about a time that the city was still seperated by the river, as well as embellish the city’s beauty in the relentless development of Da Nang. Da Nang is known as a dynamic city which always seeks for break through ways to develop and building new constructions with the vision of sustainable development and nonstop manages to keep the traditional and historical values for future generations.
2. Han River Bridge
Han River Bridge is the first swing bridge in Vietnam. It is 487.7m long, 11.9m wide, including 11 spans with 33m long each. From 1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. every day, it will swing 90 degrees. Han River Bridge marks the development of a yound and energetic city. Designed by Vietnamese engineers, Han River Bridge becomes the highlight of Han River. It is the great pride of Danang people and one of Da Nang’s most-visited attractions in Da Nang. It is only 1km from Han River Bridge to Duy Tan University, and was the host of CDIO ASEAN 2018.
The Han River Bridge – the symbol for endless vitality and the developing craving of the City – was built with the contribution of the entire City’s citizens. It seems that all poetic features of the Han River can be only expressed deeply in the space of Han River bridge with full of wind and ventilation. It not only facilitates transportation and potential for tourism, triggering economic prospects of a vast area in the eastern City but is a cultural destination of Danang people today with a view to keeping for the future generations.
3. Thuan Phuoc Bridge
Right at the junction with the sea, Thuan Phuoc bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam with 1.8 kilometers in length and 18 meters in width, was inaugurated in 2010 with VND 60 billion invested in its enormous lighting system. From downtown, tourists can tramp along Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, one of the most beautiful streets in Vietnam, heading 12 kilometers along Danang Bay from Hai Van Pass to Thuan Phuoc Bridge. On the other side of the bridge is Son Tra Mountain which is famous for Linh Ung Pagoda, Bai But, Bai Rang and Bai Da beaches. Standing on the bridge, tourists can clearly recognize the other five bridges. It is 2.4km from Thuan Phuoc Bridge to Duy Tan University, near Han River Bridge.
From all points of view, Thuan Phuoc Bridge reflects a modern outlook, full of charm and splendor. The bridge is located in a special position, where the river flows to the sea at the Southern Da Nang Bay, linking the coastal road Nguyen Tat Thanh and Vo Nguyen Giap. The system creates a continuous traffic route from the tunnel coastal from Hai Van Pass to Son Tra Peninsula, the Man Quang Bridge and connecting the route Son Tra – Hoi An.
It is highly recommended that you visit Thuan Phuoc at night, because with the lights changing, the bridge will turn to many colors. When the lights reflect to the river, the view is spectacular and gorgeous. You can also book the Han River Dragon Boat, enjoying beauty of Han River, then they will take you to the dock near the Dragon’s head.
4. The Dragon bridge (Cau Rong)
Dragon Bridge in Da Nang is the longest bridge in Vietnam, offering a dazzling display of lights, fire, and water that no first-time visitor to Da Nang should miss out on. With 666 metres in length, it is located in Da Nang City and it was intentionally constructed based on the shape of a golden dragon.
The six-lane bridge crosses the Han River, serving as direct routes to My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach as well as a popular spot amongst travelling photographers. Dragon Bridge was officially opened in 2013 after a two-year-long construction process, commemorating the 38th anniversary of Da Nang City’s liberation. According to local beliefs, the dragon is a significant symbol of power, nobility and good fortune.
While it’s a magnificent sight at any time of the day, Dragon Bridge Da Nang is particularly cool (and packed with sightseers) in the evening as it is illuminated with colourful LED lighting system. On weekends and on annual festive seasons, this state-of-the-art bridge is also scheduled to spit water or breathe fire from its mouth from 9:00 PM onwards.
There are also plenty of riverfront bars, restaurants, and cafes offering terrace seats that overlook Vietnam’s longest bridge. Alternatively, you can opt to sit at the waterfront (where marble carvings of animals and deities are set along the Han River) to enjoy the view.
5. Tran Thi Ly Bridge
Da Nang’s Tran Thi Ly Bridge is the fifth bridge of the Han River, about 1 km to the south of the Dragon Bridge. The construction was started in April 2009, and it was officially opened for traffic on 29 March 2013. Tran Thi Ly Bridge, with its unique architecture, is a cable-stayed bridge. It is 731 meters long and 34.5 meters wide. It highlights a 12-degree leaning tower with a height of 145 meters. It is believed that the bridge, with the image of sails filled with wind towards the East Sea, not only shows charming and gentle characteristics, but also symbolizes the city’s aspirations for further development in the future. It has one of the most distinctive architectural styles among all the bridges in Viet Nam.
6. Tien Son Bridge
Tien Son Bridge was inaugurated in 2004 with a budget of over VND 150 billion from Japanese ODA loans. The bridge is 529 meters long, 25 meters, connecting Ngu Hanh Son District and Hai Chau District. Tien Son Bridge mainly serves the expansion of the Tien Sa port. It is also a major bridge on Highway 14 of the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) in the trans-Asia road system located in the territory of Vietnam.
by Quynh Nhi