Hoi An Ancient Town, nestled on the romantic Hoai River, is one of the famous tourist destinations not only for domestic tourists. Hoi An has many monuments, landscapes to please people, go into poetry, music. For the people of Hoi An, the bridge is a soul, a symbol that has existed for more than four centuries. To visit Hoi An without visiting the Bridge is not considered.
The bridge was built by Japanese traders in the early 17th century, so the people here often referred to as the Japanese Bridge. According to legend, the temple was seen as a sword plunged into the back of the monster mamazu, causing it not to tear the tail, causing the earthquake. In 1653, a pagoda was erected, connected to the north rail, protruding between the bridge so that the local people called the bridge. This is the only architecture considered to be of Japanese origin.
Cau Pagoda is a pagoda located on a bridge across a creek in the ancient town of Hoi An.
Located at the junction of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu, Cau Pagoda has a special style with bold Vietnamese characteristics, roof tile yin Yang covered bridge wooden length about 18m. At the main door of this ancient temple there is a large plate embossed three Han characters Lai Vien Kieu. That is because 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". The special feature of this temple is that the temple is not worshiping the Buddha, which is worshiping the North of Tran Vo – the god of protection of the country, giving joy and happiness to people, expressing the spiritual aspirations that people want to send along. Heaven and earth to look forward to every good thing.
Covered bridge is quite unique, in the middle is the way through the ring bridge, the two sides have narrow corridors to make a resort with seven wooden compartments. The main side of the pagoda is overlooking the romantic Hoai River vietnamhoiantours.com/
. The pagodas and bridges are made of wood, lacquered and engraved with very elaborate motifs, harmonious between Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architectural styles. The head of the bridge has a wooden statue standing, one is a dog statue, one is a monkey. It is said that these animals are worshiped by the Japanese people, and may have originated from the thought that the bridge was built from the year of the body to the completion of the new year.
Cau Pagoda was recognized as a national historical-cultural monument in 1990. Along with the function of regulating traffic, convenient for people to travel in the old quarter, the bridge is also a place to live. The threshold is related to the legend of the supernatural, the ear. The bridge has undergone at least six repairs but retains its original antique look. The image of the bridge is on the 20,000 VND polymer sheet of Vietnam.