The flowing waters of the Han River (Song Han) have been integral to the local community for generations. Spanning 7 kilometers, it flows through the vibrant city of Da Nang, through Quang Nam Province, before emptying into the South China Sea.
Bridges on the Han River
Several unique bridges adorn the Han River. As a major port city, Da Nang plays an important role in the country’s economy. Crucial for both water and road transport and near several important Vietnamese sites and cities, Da Nang has become of Vietnam’s most prosperous areas.
Han River Bridge
The most famous bridge on the river, this cable-stayed bridge was the first of its kind in Vietnam. It opened in 2000 after three years of construction and has become an integral part of the local cityscape. In the early hours of the morning, the Han River Bridge will swing on its axis to allow passing traffic to pass underneath.
It’s an impressive feat of engineering that is breathtaking to see in person, so be sure to witness it if you can.
The magnificent Dragon Bridge is the Han River’s lastest and most extravagant addition. Spanning 666 meters, this crossing is one of the longest bridges in Vietnam and one of Da Nang’s most famous sites. The Dragon Bridge was opened in 2013 to mark Da Nang’s liberation in 1975 and the city’s subsequent rise in status and importance.
During the evening, colorful LED lights illuminate its facade making it visible from miles away. This, however, isn’t the most sophisticated feature of the Dragon Bridge as, during weekends and annual holidays, it spits fire and breathes water from its head at 9 pm.
Thuan Phuoc Bridge
Thuan Phuoc Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Vietnam, opened in 2009. It spans 405 meters and cost 650 billion VND to build. At night, the massive bridge is illuminated with a dazzling display of LED lights that reflect and sparkle off the glass-like Han River. It can be found on the south side of the river as the Han begins its long journey to the South China Sea.
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