Japanese Covered Bridge was built in 1590s by Japanese Businessmen living in Hoi An. It's located in the Center of Hoi An Ancient Town, connecting Tran Phu and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. It's over a small Cannel that runs to Thu Bon River. It's also called Chua Cau or Cau Pagoda. ( Chua mean Pagoda, Cau means Bridge)
This bridge is now closed for maintenance and will be reopened in 2024
Length : 18m
Width : 4,2m
According to a Vietnamese researcher named Vu Duc Tan and his writing for the Vietnam Magazine, as well as another foreign author of The Asian Wall Street Journal magazine, the Japanese Covered Bridge had been finished building in 1593. In the Vietnamese ancient bibliography, the Bridge had first appeared in the documents of 1617. In conclusion, we can be assured that the Japanese Covered Bridge had existed in the port of Hoi An town at least from 1617. In 1719 Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu, ruler of Southern Vietnam (Dang Trong) from 1691 to 1725, visited Hoi An. It is said that he personally carved the three Chinese characters over the temple door. These characters translate to "The bridge to receive guests from afar" or "Lai Vien Kieu" in Vietnamese.