How Vietnam’s Golden Bridge lends its hand to history

Vietnam's Golden Bridge

Vietnam’s Golden Hand Bridge, or Cau Vang, is an architectural wonder and a symbol of innovation and development in Ba Na Hills. Here’s an insight into the history and design of this masterpiece.

The History of Vietnam’s Golden Hand Bridge

Vietnam’s Golden Bridge stands suspended nearly a mile above sea level at the top of Da Nang’s Ba Nang Hills. The 500-foot-long bridge, designed by TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City, offers a surreal view. Because the structure hangs on a cliff, it looks like the “giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land.” That’s how the principal designer Vu Viet Anh describes it.

Vietnam's Golden Bridge

What is the Golden Bridge’s location?

Designers conceived the Golden Bridge as part of the Thien Thai Garden and amusement park to create an Instagramable attraction that would lure tourists to the area. Well, it worked. After the bridge opened in June 2018, the Golden Hand Bridge became an instant global phenomenon and the park’s most popular attraction.

Its golden hue complements the natural surroundings, creating an illusion of walking on a silk strip suspended in the sky. Crossing the extensive length of the bridge feels like strolling on a cloud, offering a sensation unparalleled anywhere else.

More than just a pathway, the bridge resembles a golden thread held by monumental hands. It stands as a piece of art. Even more, the symbolic hands holding the bridge together are a compelling metaphor for strength, guidance, and unity.

Interestingly, designers intricately wrapped the two monumental hands in wire and fiberglass mesh. They deliberately embellished the giant hands with cracks and moss finishing to lend an air of timeless grace to the structure.

How to get to Vietnam’s Golden Bridge

Tourists can get to Vietnam’s Golden Hand Bridge (Cau Vang) in Ba Na Hills three ways:

  • 🚗 By Car or Taxi: You can drive or take a taxi to the base of the Ba Na Hills, which is approximately 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) from Da Nang city center. The cost of a taxi or private car from Da Nang city center to Ba Na Hills may range from $15 to $30 USD one way, depending on the service.
  • 🚠 By Cable Car: Once at the base, the Ba Na Hills cable car system, one of the longest and highest in the world, takes visitors to the top of the hills where the bridge is located. The Ba Na Hills cable car ticket, which provides access to the bridge and other attractions in the area, might cost around $30 to $35 for adults and $20 to $25 USD for children.
  • 🚌 Tour Buses: Many tour companies in Da Nang offer daily trips to Ba Na Hills, including transportation and often entrance fees. Organized tours that include transportation, cable car tickets, and sometimes meals may range from $50 to $75 USD per person.
Vietnam’s Magical Golden Bridge

One response to “How Vietnam’s Golden Bridge lends its hand to history”

  1. Linda Avatar

    Wow, this is so awesome

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