The History of the Truong Tien Bridge

Did you know this bridge was designed by the same architect as the Eiffel Tower in Paris?

By Quang Binh Tourism Department

Thua Thien Hue Province Department of Tourism

Truong Tien Bridge and Huong River at night by Tran Tuan VietQuang Binh Tourism Department

Truong Tien Bridge crosses the Huong River, which lies in the middle of Hue city. The bridge is a design of architect Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well. It was made in 1897 (the ninth year of Thanh Thai dynasty) with Gothic architecture.

Truong Tien Bridge and Huong River looking from the above by Tran Tuan VietQuang Binh Tourism Department

The bridge has a length of 402.6 m, a width of 6 meters, including 6 spans of steel girder shaped like a comb, each span is 67 meters long.

Witnessing many historical moments of the country, Truong Tien Bridge is still standing there like a jewelry comb on the hair of Huong River.

The activities of fishermen alongside the Truong Tien Bridge and Huong River. by Tran Tuan VietQuang Binh Tourism Department

In spite of being called multiple names, for a long time, the name Truong Tien Bridge (which because the bridge was near the coin-molding construction site, referred to as Truong Tien of Nguyen Dynasty and Truong Tien Street founded by Emperor Thanh Thai in 1899) is still the most familiar name for the residents. Truong Tien Bridge is the inspiration for a variety of folk songs and poems about Hue and therefore becomes an iconic symbol of Hue.

Local residents circulating through Truong Tien Bridge by Tran Tuan VietQuang Binh Tourism Department

Because of the narrow width of the bridge, cars are prohibited during some certain peak traffic periods.

The corridor on both sides of Truong Tien Bridge by Tran Tuan VietQuang Binh Tourism Department

At the corridor of an abutment between 2 supporting pillars, there are spacious balconies, allowing people to take a rest stop or sightsee.

The corridor on both sides of Truong Tien Bridge 2 by Tran Tuan VietQuang Binh Tourism Department

In 1937, under the Bao Dai King’s dynasty, Truong Tien Bridge was restored and renovated on large scale. The bridge was widened on both sides of the corridor for bicycles and pedestrians.

Truong Tien Bridge and Huong River at night by Tran Tuan VietQuang Binh Tourism Department

In 2002, in preparation for Hue festival, a major cultural event held in Hue in even years in order to honor Hue cultural heritage, a modern color-changing lighting system was installed, lighting brilliantly at night.

Truong Tien Bridge and Huong River by Tran Tuan VietQuang Binh Tourism Department

The landscape of Truong Tien Bridge and Huong River with a red poinciana tree blooming alongside the river bank have become a familiar view of the ancient capital of Hue.

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