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Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge - the national art and architecture relic

Update8/4/2022 3:43:28 PM
Located about 8km away from Hue city, Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge was a famous structure built in Thanh Thuy village, Thuy Thanh commune, Huong Thuy town.

The bridge is 17m long and 4m wide. It is roofed and divided into 7 compartments. Of all, the central compartment is devoted to worship Ms. Tran Thi Dao, the niece of a mandarin's wife. She spent her own money on building the bridge and was given "Duc Bao Trung Hung Linh Phu" title by Emperor Le Hien Tong in 1925. The bridge's interior is decorated with round and square shapes. It is placed on a system of six rows of piers. There are three stone piers in each row. Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge follows "Thuong gia, ha kieu" (the house is above, the bridge is beneath) architecture.

Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge stays in harmony with the general space of Thanh Thuy Chanh village which is home to green paddy fields, village hall, pagodas, shrines, ancestor houses, market, road, garden houses, bridges, giant trees and shrubs of bamboo. Near the bridge locates a gallery where farming tools and farming activities are on display. Handicraft products and local specialties such as bamboo knitting products and banh tet, etc are also introduced.

Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge by night

Rustic market festival successfully organized at Hue Festival seasons helped introduce Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge to near and far visitors. The relic has attracted domestic and foreign visitors thanks to not only its distinctive brand, but also festivals featuring culture of Vietnamese rustic areas such as "Le thu te" (the autumn offering ceremony), "Le ki Ba Cau" (Madam Cau offering ceremony). Folk games describing spiritual cultural life and farming activities in the past are regularly held such as boat race, choi singing, "ho gia gao" singing, "Ai ve cau ngoi" poem night,

Visiting Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge, visitors will be amazed at tasty rustic dishes made from local redundant organic food, for example chicken, duck, fish, shrimp, vegetable, etc.

Anyone coming to Hue should not forget to drop by the tile-roofed bridge called Thanh Toan, discover the rustic beauty, enjoy poetic landscapes and the bustling rural market. Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge will bring visitors back to peaceful days, away from daily busy life.

Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge was recognized as national relic on decision No. 575/QD dated July 14th, 1990 of the Ministry of Culture and Information (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism today). The relic was recognized as a tourist attraction in January 2019.