Back in the 16th century, the numbers of merchants coming from Japan and China every year was rising substantially. To allow smoother communication and less frictional trade overall, the Japanese built a bridge.
This bridge, constructed in the 1590s, connected the Japanese and Chinese commercial quarters. This allowed for easier trade and communication. The original curved arched shaped bridge was flattened out during French rule, to allow for vehicles to pass through. After Hoi An ceased to be a major trading port, the bridge was reformed to its original style. Aspects of the old bridge remain to this day. The stelae, or name emblem, is in traditional Chinese characters.
The bridge is guarded by weathered statues, two monkeys on one side and a pair of monkeys on the other side. No one knows the exact reason for these sculptures. Perhaps it was the start and completion years for the construction of the bridge, or the birth years of some important people. Whatever the meaning, they make up a beautiful picture.
The Japanese Bridge is one entrance point to Hoi An Ancient Town. You may need to show your ticket at this bridge. The Japanese Bridge is located at Nguyen Thi Minh Khai. You can access the bridge at any time.