Dragon Bridge in Da Nang - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

Dragon Bridge in Da Nang – All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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The Dragon Bridge (Vietnamese: Cầu Rồng) is a bridge over the River Hàn at Da Nang, Vietnam.

  • Address: Vo Van Kiet street, Da Nang City

Dragon Bridge in Da Nang – All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

Construction of the bridge began on 19 July 2009 (the same day as the inauguration of the nearby Thuận Phước Bridge) when the former Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung and many high-ranking government officials attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

Dragon Bridge is 666m long, 37.5m wide and has six lanes for traffic. It opened to traffic on March 29, 2013, at a cost of nearly VND 1.5 trillion dong (US$88m). The bridge was designed by the US-based Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers with Louis Berger Group. Construction was undertaken by Company No. 508, an affiliate of Civil Construction Engineering Corporation No.5, and Bridge Company No. 75.

Main span was completed on October 26, 2012. The bridge was opened to traffic on March 29, 2013, the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang City.

This modern bridge crosses the Han River at the Le Dinh Duong/Bach Dang traffic circle, providing the shortest road link from the Da Nang International Airport to other main roads in Da Nang city, and a more direct route to My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach on the eastern edge of the city. The bridge was designed and built in the shape of a dragon and to breathe fire and water each Saturday and Sunday night at 9PM.

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Why Dragon Bridge is special ?

The Dragon Bridge with the shape of the dragon crossesis a bridge with a dragon over the Han River at Danang, Vietnam. Dragon Bridge is 666m long, 37.5m wide and has six lanes for traffic.It opened to traffic on March 29, 2013, at a cost of nearlyVND 1.5 trillion dong (US$88m). The bridge was designed by the US-based Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers with Louis Berger Group. Construction was undertaken by Company No. 508, an affiliate of Civil Construction Engineering Corporation No.5, and Bridge Company No. 75.

Main span was completed on October 26, 2011. The bridge was opened to traffic on March 29, 2013, the 38th anniversary of the liberation of DanangCity. This modern bridge crosses the Han River at the Le Dinh Duong/Bach Dang traffic circle, providing the shortest road link from the Danang International Airport to other main roads in DanangCity, and a more direct route to My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach on the eastern edge of the City. The bridge was designed and built in the shape of a dragon and to breathe fire and water.

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. Measuring at 666 metres in length, it is located in Da Nang City and constructed in 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, commemorating the 38th anniversary of Da Nang City’s liberation. According to local beliefs, which date back to the Ly Dynasty, 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 lights. On weekends and annual festivities, the state-of-the-art bridge is also scheduled to spit water or breathe fire from its mouth from 21:00 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.

Ancient history

As dusk falls on weekend evenings, crowds gather in anticipation of the light and fire show.
The dragon itself is modeled after one of the symbols of the Ly Dynasty, which ruled Vietnam a thousand years ago.
  • “In the year 1010, King Ly Thai To moved Vietnam’s capital to Hanoi,” says Nick Masucci, CEO of Louis Berger, a partner in the bridge’s design and construction.
  • “According to legend, upon arriving in Hanoi by boat, he saw a golden dragon rise into the sky from the Red River. Seeing this as a good omen, he named the city Thang Long (soaring dragon).
  • “The dragon is one of the most important symbols in Vietnamese culture. It symbolizes power, nobility and good fortune.
  • “We believe the Dragon Bridge can be a symbol for Da Nang’s growth and development as an important transportation, educational and cultural center in central Vietnam.”

Light spectacle

  • In addition to the weekend shows of fire breathing, which take place at 9 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, the bridge is illuminated each night with thousands of LED lights, which flow through the color spectrum, giving dynamic, dazzling views that reflect off the surface of the river.
  • The bridge was inaugurated on March 29, 2013, to commemorate the country’s rich history — both ancient and recent.
  • The date was chosen to mark the 38th anniversary of the liberation of the city, and the end of the Vietnam War.
  • Its creators, the firms Louis Berger and Ammann & Whitney, were recipients of the 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) National Engineering Excellence Award.

Development centerpiece

  • “Its exciting,” says a local businessman. “I like to take my daughter to see the show.” Louis Berger

The opening of the bridge not only gives Da Nang an instantly recognizable landmark, it’s done much for the city’s development in a remarkably short time.

  • “Before the bridge opened, the other side (of the river) was very poor. The government has supported the people with these developments,” says Ngyuen Nan Dong, a restaurateur whose cafe sits near the western side of the bridge.
  • “Da Nang is a nice place, and the bridge adds identity to the city. It’s also developed the economy and cut down the time it takes to get to the airport.”
But what does this matter, when you have a real, fire-breathing dragon on your doorstep?
  • “Its exciting,” says Ngyuen. “I like to take my (20-month-old) daughter to see the show.”

How to get to Dragon Bridge?

FROM DA NANG

If you stay near the beach area, then go along Vo Nguyen Giap street to My Khe beach, then you will see the roundabout of Vo Nguyen Giap street and Vo Van Kiet street, then turn left, go straight around 1km to another roundabout, go ahead and you can see this bridge.

In case your hotel located in the city center, head to Tran Phu street, go to the end of that street, and you will see this bridge on the left side (this is 1-way road).

During the show, no vehicle can go across the bridge, so if you want to take motorbike there, you must go earlier.

You can book the cruise boat ticket, enjoy the beauty of Han river , then they will take you to the dock near the dragon’s head. Check carefully that they do take you there.

FROM HOI AN

Unfortunately, the local bus just works till 17.50, so you only can do this transportation at the day time. Get on the bus, mention the to the ticket money collector (they don’t sell the ticket, you just need pay to somebody) that your stop is Cham museum, then you just walk around 3 minute, and can see the bridge on your right side.

If you want to ride your motorbike there, head to An Bang highway (near An Bang beach), go straight till you see a seafood restaurant named “Thanh Hien” on your left side, go slowly to the roundabout then turn left, go along Vo Van Kiet road, skip the next roundabout, and here our dragon is.

What to explore at Dragon Bridge?

Dragon Bridge Da Nang Fire Showtime

Fire and Water Breathing The dragon on the bridge can breathe fire in 2 minutes with 3 minutes of water breathing after, making it an incredible highlight in Danang City. The water is sprayed out in a powerful blast reflecting the aspiration of Danang City. Fire and Water Performance: At 9.pm every weekends and holiday.

Taking a seat on the coffee shop at Danang Riverside Hotel, or at some local drink shops on the riverside are a great way for watching the show.

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