Thanh Toan Bridge is located about 7 kilometers to the east of Hue in Thuy Thanh Commune, Huong Thuy district and an ancient architectural monument.
As one of the Hue bridges built with a rare and high artistic value in Vietnam, Thanh Toan deserves as an impressive tourist attraction in Hue tourism.
Visiting Thanh Toan Bridge is one of the top things to do in Hue. Now, let’s discover together.
Where is Thanh Toan Bridge?
Thanh Toan village still retains all the aspects of a traditional Vietnamese village contrary to urbanization. It is not only an ancient architectural structure with cultural values but also a famous site attracting visitors in Hue travel. Many tourists decide to visit Thanh Toan village because it is not far from Hue imperial city. It has become a ubiquitous destination in attractions in Hue.
To Thanh Toan Bridge gives the chance for tourists to cross the rice fields and discover yourself in the center the field of harvesting rice and field ducks in the rice fields. Thanh Toan covered bridge, Hue crosses a tiny stream of the last part of Nhu Y river. Surrounding here, wide rice fields will make tourists a peaceful feeling when visiting.
The history of Thanh Toan Bridge
According to old records, it was built in the 16th century by a respected woman, Tran Thi Dao. She is the wife of a high ranking mandarin under Le Hien Tong reign.
With such love for her local villagers, she donated to build the bridge to pray for a child. And thank to bridge the transportation was also accelerated, the villagers did not need to go by boat anymore Furthermore, Thanh Toan bridge was a stopping point for them from other places, too.
After she passed away, Emperor Khai Dinh ordered the villagers to put an altar for her on the bridge. And until now, when going here tourists will see local people here still worship her.
Restoration of Thanh Toan Bridge
For over two centuries with many big storms, floods, and devastation of the war, the bridge was slightly damaged. However, Thanh Toan bridge was greatly renovated based on the old design and considered as a beautiful Hue attraction in the countryside.
The special architecture of Thanh Toan Bridge
Looked at from afar, the bridge brings the look of a traditional house. Thanh Toan Japanese Bridge is a historical, cultural relic built on the style of “a house above a bridge”, similar to the Hoi An Japanese Covered Bridge, that is still intact nowadays.
Coming here, tourists will admire the old house style 7 compartments over the canal. Whereas, the lower part is design based on the normal style of a bridge. This combination in the bridge creates a new look in the eyes of tourists when traveling to Thanh Toan bridge.
The inside of the bridge
Inside the house, tourists can easily find ancestral altars and the place for sightseeing.
The altar is located in the nave to express the devotion to benefactors. Most visitors will be surprised at the length and width of this wooden bridge when they arrive. It is an arch bridge with both sides being protected by wooden railings which shape charming balconies.
The bridge crosses an irrigation canal extending from the entrance to the end of the village.
On each side are benches inviting you to take a rest, this helps you feel the serenity of this country and the smooth flow of the river. This is the unique thing that makes many foreigner tourists unforgettable.
What else you can do near Thanh Toan tiled-roof bridge?
Thanh Toan is an ideal place for tourists when visiting Hue city. Apart from contemplating village scene tranquility, tourists have the chance to see farming tools in a museum.
Not so far from Thanh Toan Japanese bridge, there is a big exhibition of agricultural tools: plows, harrows, sickles, scoops, and rice mills. Here, tourists can follow all the steps of rice production. Visiting this showroom, adults, and children can both experience the daily activities of local people as well as sample local food. This farming museum could be the best thing to do in Hue for the family with kids.
Additionally, Thanh Toan market is an excellent destination that is both rural and idyllic, has a jubilant atmosphere, especially on the occasion of the Hue Festival.
One fantastic thing here is a food paradise. Visitors will astonish because of a host of Hue local food such as Hen rice, Hue fish pancakes, and a wide variety of rice noodles. I’m sure that enjoying many scrumptious rural dishes make tourists have a whale of a time when coming Thanh Toan bridge.
Moreover, Thanh Toan market provides you with local products such as lacquer painting, the souvenir is bold with the native Vietnamese identity.
Finally, if you are curious about the life of farmers, it would be nice to visit Ms. Nua Organic Garden which is about 200 meters along the canal. She is a local farmer, resides in Thanh Thuy Chanh for many generations and earns her living by doing many traditional farm work. She has an organic garden where she grows many kinds of plants such as wild betel leaf, eggplant… Besides, she also raised poultry to serve her family. Her home experience will be splendid for visitors.
How to get there?
Location: See Thanh Toan Bridge map here
To visit Thanh Toan bridge, tourist can choose some of the following options:
Bike: 40,000 VND/ day/bike. This is the best choice for you because it gives the chance to see the beautiful scenery along the way of peaceful village, rice fields and stop on way to see family house typically in Thanh Toan village.
Motorbike: 120,000 VND – 150,000 VND/day/Motorbike at Hue Motorbike tour.
Taxi: About 90,000 VND -100,000 VND/day/ person. A few taxi firms we highly recommend like Taxi Thanh Cong, Taxi Mai Linh.
Tour to Thanh Toan bridge: another great options for discerning tourists is to book a tour to Thanh Thuy Chanh village. Here are great tour experience for you if planning a trip for your kids to learn about Hue agriculture:
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