Dragons are a treasured cultural symbol in Vietnam, representing power, nobility and good fortune. Moreover, according to a mythical legend that has been passed down for years and in which many residents still believe, the Vietnamese people are the descendants of a dragon and a fairy.
With such powerful significances these mythical creatures have for the Vietnamese population, it is no wonder why the authorities of one of the Vietnam’s major port cities chose to build a new bridge the shape of dragon.
The impressive construction crosses the Han River and links the Da Nang city with the nearby eastern seafront, the local airport and the route to the UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An. The bridge is 666m long, 37.5m wide and has six lanes for traffic, but what makes it really special is its capacity to offer residents and visitors an interesting pyrotechnic show. Just before 9 p.m every Saturday and Sunday people gather in a wide riverfront plaza that stretches along the banks of the Han to admire the fearsome plumes of fire that spurt from the dragon’s mouth followed by hissing clouds of water vapor.
The whole show lasts only few minutes but the bridge’s charm does not end here. After night fall the steel structure is permanently illuminated by various-colored LED lights which flow through the color spectrum, giving dynamic, dazzling views that reflect off the surface of the river.
After four years of work, Dragon Bridge was inaugurated on March 29, 2013, a day of great importance for the Vietnamese people that marked the 38th anniversary of the liberation of the city, and the end of the Vietnam War.
Da Nang is an important commercial and educational center and a critical transportation hub. In recent years the city flourished greatly, but local government plans to turn it into Vietnam’s most liveable city.
Photo and source: colorkinetics.com
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