The seemingly tiny land – Hoian has never failed to amaze us with its fascinating and special hot spots. In this article, we will learn two more plots attracting thousands of tourists all over the world already.
Hoi An ancient town (Source: Internet)
Chua Cau (Pagoda Bridge) (Source: Internet)
The relic is Chua Cau (Pagoda Bridge) – an icon of Hoian, it even made its way to one side of the 20 thousand VNĐ bill.
Chua Cau – as the name suggests – is a pagoda located on a bridge across a small creek in the ancient town of Hoian. Built in the early 17th century by Japanese merchants, this is the only building that has originated from the land of rising sun. Japanese bridge is another name for the bridge. It has been known as one of the must-see destinations in Vietnam from the time unknown.
But why did the Japanese build it here? Legend has it that this temple was associated with the monster legend Namazu – a mythical monster in Japan. This beast’s head is located in India but its body is in Vietnam, the giant tail is in …Japan. It is believed that whenever the fanciful animal makes a move, catastrophes like floods or earthquakes … will happen.
From a distance, the bridge crossing Hoai River (a branch of well-known Thu Bon River) has a smooth bend. There are two wooden animal statues guarding at both ends (dogs at one side and monkey simulacra at the opposite.) There have been so many hypotheses about these choices. Maybe they are Japanese sacred animals? Or it took 3 years to build this bridge (Monkey, Rooster, and Dog zodiac years). It has been a controversial topic among historical researchers.
In 1719, Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu visited Hoi An and saw the special shaped Bridge and named it “Lai Vien” which means “visitants”. Today, we can still see three kanji: “Lai Vien Kieu” embossed on a large signboard in front of the pagoda.
Cu Lao Cham
Cu Lao Cham (Source: Internet)
Right at the moment when you step down on Cu Lao Port in Bai Lang, you will immerse in absolutely fresh space of the turquoise sea, blue sky, and greenish lush mountains. At the end of July (according to Vietnam’s lunar calendar), under the scorching heat, you will have an opportunity to admire the bright red flowers of Chinese parasol trees. These beautiful yet miraculous florets are so enticing and have become an indispensable emblem of this isle. This environment-friendly island becomes an ideal spot for sightseeing in Vietnam.
Cu Lao Cham is a diverse ecological zone combined of mountains, forests, and sea with myriad flora and fauna and dubbed the “the Green Paradise” with no existence of plastic rubbish as well as giant landfills. You will have a whale of the time in the Hoi an day tour wading in the clear water or building sand castles with your beloved on Bai Lang, Bai Lay …
Cu Lao Cham also earns its stripes for the diversity of colorful coral reefs with spectacular schools of fish guarding the clean aqua. Your summer vacation would be more awesome with water sports or activities such as bathing, watching coral reefs and hundreds of fish species of the tropical area. In addition, you can also participate in other games such as windsurfing, parasailing, etc. Each activity will certainly give you the impression which will make you grin from ear-to-ear thinking of it years to come.
The beauty of Cu Lao Cham culture
Cu Lao Cham beach (Source: Internet)
In terms of culture, local folks have been living here over 3,000 years ago, making cultural diversity in the presence of cultural elements in mountainous areas, coastal areas, and rivers. It is a mingling of native cultures and Chinese, Japanese and Western distinctive points. Words fail to express all the special and scintillating features of this land. Come and see guys! Coming to Cu Lao Cham, you can participate in amazing festivals such as Festival of Fishing (3rd – 4th April Lunar New Year) or Nest Ceremony (9th -10th March Lunar Calendar).
Cu Lao Cham is not only beautiful from its natural beauty and cultural values that have been passed down from generation to generation on the island, Cu Lao Cham is pretty thanks to the kindness, friendliness, and benevolence of locals here. Residents’ optimism and generosity are expressed in the way you think as well as how they treat out-of-towners on a daily basis. The charming winsomeness of dwellers here will please you during your Hoian tour for sure!