Cau Pagoda – the only architectural works of Japanese origin

Hoi An Ancient Town, quietly and quietly nestled in the Hoai River, is one of the famous tourist destinations not only for domestic tourists but also attracts international visitors. to experience and explore.

Hoi An is home to many monuments, beautiful landscapes have come into the poetry and music of many great authors. For the people in Hoi An, the Pagoda is the main soul, symbolizing the existence of more than four centuries. Therefore, when traveling in Hoi An you should visit the pagoda!

History formed this famous place

Cau Pagoda is a pagoda located on the bridge crossing a small creek in the ancient town of Hoi An. The bridge was built by Japanese traders in the early 17th century, so people here call it the Japanese pagoda.

Cau Pagoda

Cau Pagoda is the soul, the symbol of existence over four centuries.

According to legend, this temple was seen as a sword plunging down the back of the mamazu monster, making it unable to tear the tail and cause earthquakes.

In 1653, a pagoda was added, connecting it to the northern railings, protruding in the middle of the bridge so that the locals would call it Cau Pagoda. This is the only architecture considered to be of Japanese origin.

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In 1719, the lord Nguyen visited Hoi An and named the bridge Lai Vien Kieu, meaning “welcome guests far away.”

According to the date recorded on the roof beams and the remaining letters at the bridge, the bridge was rebuilt in 1817. The temple was probably reconstructed at this time.

 The temple has been restored many times through 1817, 1865, 1915, 1986 and it also gradually lost the elements of Japanese architecture, but instead is the style of Vietnamese, Chinese.

On February 17, 1990, Hoi An Bridge was granted the National Historical-Cultural Relic.

Unique architecture of Cau pagoda

Being pumped through the creek to the Thu Bon River, located at the junction between Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu, Cau Pagoda is one of the architectural relics are quite special bold Vietnamese.

The bridge is made of wood on brick bridges with roofs covered with yin-yang tiles covering the whole bridge about 18m long. On the main door of this ancient temple there is also a large plate embossed three Han characters Lai Vien Kieu.

In the middle of the main bridge is the bridges, the two sides will have narrow corridors to make the resort with seven small wooden chambers. The main view of the pagoda is overlooking the river Hoai dreaming, sparkling.

The pagodas and bridges are made of wood, lacquered and embellished with elaborate motifs and beautifully decorated with extremely harmonious decorations between Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese styles.

The head of the bridge has a wooden statue standing, one is a dog, one is a monkey. It is said that these are the animals that the Japanese have worshiped and worshiped in the past.

Bridge Pagoda has a special point, although called the temple, but inside there is no Buddha statue, nor Buddha. The central part (called the pagoda) is used to worship a wooden statue of Tran Viet Vo – a god protecting the country, giving joy and happiness to human beings, it shows the spiritual aspiration that people want to submit to heaven and earth to pray for all good things will happen.

Cau Pagoda was officially recognized as a national historical-cultural monument in 1990. The Cau Pagoda is a very useful tourist destination with what it brings. With the function of regulating local traffic, it is more convenient for people to travel everyday in Hoi An acient town. The Cau Pagoda is also a place where religious activities are paid much attention,  related to the myths about the supernatural, the water.

Cau pagoda has been experiencing at least six renovations over many years, but it still retains its original antiquity from its ancient times. The image of pagoda was shown on the VND 20,000 olymer sheet of Vietnam.

Cau Pagoda is a famous tourist attractions. It can be said that any visitors to Hoi An aceint town at least once visit the Bridge. By attaching to the many outstanding events of history, this place will bring you more useful knowledge not quite just stop at the sightseeing.

It can be said that if anyone who has not come to Cau Pagoda can not call it to travel in Hoi An.

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