Han River Bridge: Danang’s Quintessential Symbol

Why, When and How Does Han River Bridge Swing?

Rachel Tran
Rachel Tran | Published: October 12, 2020

For many years, Da Nang people have been proud of Han River that not only presents their influential image but also the city’s symbol of love and romance. Besides, watching how Han River Bridge swings is considered one of the most appealing activities for tourists, especially people who are into exploring the exceptional beauty of night-time in Da Nang.

    Location: An Hai Bac Precinct, Son Tra District, Da Nang City
    Width: 13m
    Length: 488m in total
    Good for: Families, couples, groups...

1. The Origin of Han River Bridge

After Vietnam’s government succeeded in rising up against the colonialists and gained independence, Nguyen Van Troi Bridge was the one and only link between the city center to the adherent areas which were separated by Han River. Therefore, the municipal council proposed the idea of another bridge construction crossing Han River to fulfill their people’s needs.

The Origin of Han River Bridge

The authority managed to put up a bridge of 11 spans, connecting 2 main routes of Da Nang City: Le Duan street to the west and Pham Van Dong street to the east side.

It was in 1998 Feb that they began the construction process; not until 2000 when the bridge was open for public use.

Han River Bridge is the first to be able to swing in Vietnam, designed by indigenous architects and built by Da Nang’s own citizens, which is hailed as a milestone of the city’s history. 

2. Why and When Does Han River Bridge In Da Nang Officially Swing?

Why and When Does Han River Bridge In Da Nang Officially Swing

Formerly, the bridge swang during the early hours of the morning – from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. – to support the river traffic and transportation so that large cruisers or maritime ships would go past without facing any obstacles. However, in order to boost tourism profit and local leisure activities, the city governors decided to extend the bridge swinging duration, making it available for more people to admire the scene from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The following is a table of swinging periods of Han River Bridge:

DateTimeLocations
Monday – Friday1 a.m – 4 a.mLe Duan Street, the intersection of Le Duan and Tran Phu streets
Saturday & Sunday11 p.m – 12 a.mPham Van Dong street, the intersection of Pham Van Dong and Ngo Quyen streets

3. How Does Han River Bridge Swing?

How does han river bridge swing

The river traffic flow of Da Nang city is quite heavy, which makes it impossible for a traditional bridge to function with ease. 

Han River Bridge has gained a name for its sophisticated design as well as a refined combination of modern technology and construction techniques. It was recognized as a quintessential example of architecture from 2001 to 2005 because of the dynamic swinging structure. Specifically, the central span can detach itself from the main deck, rotate in a 90-degree pattern until it is fixed and parallel to the river bank. 

4. How to Get to Han River Bridge?

There are 2 main routes, depending on your location, both of which should take about 15-30 minutes:

  • From the city central bus station: Start in Ton Duc Thang Street – Dien Bien Phu Street – Le Duan Intersection – Head forward to Han River.
  • From Da Nang Airport: Start in Nguyen Van Linh Street – Tran Phu Street – Le Duan Intersection – Han River.

5. Extra Tips on Visiting Han River Bridge

  • There are a number of ways to observe the bridge’s swinging duration: Travelling on boats; settling into a comfortable position of a hotel rooftop (Green Plaza, Novotel Danang Premiere…), or an outdoor spacious coffee lounge alongside the river bank.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy Da Nang’s exclusive event of a fire-breathing-dragon demonstration on the nearby Dragon Bridge, performing in public at 9 p.m. every weekend.
  • Pay Han River market a visit if you are interested in local merchandise and unique souvenirs that can only be found in Vietnam.
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