The Huong River flows in the heart of Hue City for over 100 years. Experiencing the fluctuations of history, even now and tomorrow in the ancient capital and there will be many works crossing this river, but it is an irreplaceable symbol: Truong Tien bridge.
In 1897, the French Resident Superior in Central Vietnam – Levecque – assigned Eiffel of France (known for the Eiffel Tower in Paris) to design and build the Truong Tien Bridge. The construction completed in 1899. To date, the bridge has connected the banks of the Perfume River for 114 years and it is even older than the historic bridge of Long Bien in Hanoi (1899-1902).
Trang Tien Bridge symbolizes the beauty of the ancient capital
Truong Tien Bridge has many names: Thanh Thai (name of the Thanh Thai King of the Nguyen Dynasty), Clemenceau (a French Prime Minister during the First World War), Nguyen Hoang (The Nguyen lord who explored the central region between the 16th and early 17th century) and Truong Tien or Trang Tien because the bridge was located near a coin casting enterprise of the Nguyen Dynasty.
For more than 100 years of history, the graceful Truong Tien Bridge has undergone many changes and ups and downs along with the ancient capital.
Connecting 2 riverbanks of Perfume River, Truong Tien Bridge, also known as Trang Tien Bridge was inaugurated in 1899 with its length of 402.60m and 5.40m wide. The bridge was designed in Gothic architecture with new techniques and materials of the West at that time. The bridgehead in the north is situated in Phu Hoa ward, the rest is located in Phu Hoi ward, which is right at Hue city center, Vietnam. Along with Ngu Binh Mountain, Perfume River, Truong Tien Bridge is considered one of the characteristic symbols in Hue. Although Hue Imperial City is home to numerous architectural works ranked the world cultural heritage, Truong Tien Bridge is still the unique and typical image. The bridge retains the gentle soft smooth beauty… like the soul and the gentle, quiet personality of people in Hue, as well as the gentle poetic characteristics Perfume River. Truong Tien Bridge is worth one of the fascinating tourist attractions in Hue alluring the large number of tourists.
Trang Tien Bridge at night with many colors
Like Long Bien Bridge across Red River in Hanoi, Truong Tien Bridge is one of the first bridges in Hue crossing Perfume River, which is adjacent the citadel. This is also one of the first bridges in Vietnam built in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century by the French with the steel structure consisting of 6 steel girders. The image of curved spans reflected into the river or into the blue sky, the image of “ao dai” (Vietnamese traditional long dress) of Hue girls on the bridge, the boat on the river under the bridge, the canopy of flamboyant at 2 bridgeheads and the image of the bridge brightly shimmering in the night… are forever beautiful memories, lyrics and romantic language of dreaming Hue. Discovering Truong Tien Bridge is definitely one of the most unforgettable things to do in Hue. Truong Tien Bridge thus becomes one of the indispensable tourist sites in the journey of exploring Hue travel in vietnam tours attracting tourists.
From Hue Festival 2002, Truong Tien Bridge installed the color changing lighting system creating the powerful attraction strongly alluring tourists participating in Hue tours. The night falling down is also the high time for the bridge started brightly and brilliantly in colorful lights. In the traffic planning of Hue city these days, there will be more bridges silhouetted down Perfume River, yet Truong Tien Bridge will probably play an important role in terms of transportation and its historical significance forever. Moreover, the bridge was always a tourism symbol of ancient capital, the hyphen in history from the past to the present and the future. The bridge is worth one of the indispensable symbols when referring the dreaming city.
According to numerous city residents and tourists, the best time to admire Truong Tien Bridge is the sunset. The sunshine at the end of the day reflecting Perfume River creates the curious romance. Taking a stroll on the bridge along with the crowded vehicle, tourists will feel the cool breeze blowing from Perfume River. The dragon boats gently floats on the river make the scenery more and more poetic. Standing on Truong Tien Bridge to feel the peaceful river and dreaming Hue will surely be unforgettable experiences. Truong Tien Bridge thus displays its significant contributions in promoting Hue tourism closer to both domestic and international tourists.
Nowadays, in the traffic plan of Hue city, there are more bridges to shine into the Huong River, but perhaps Truong Tien Bridge will continue to play an important role. That bridge is always a symbol of tourism of the ancient capital, and becomes a beautiful image to attract tourists when traveling to Hue.