Architectural Spotlight: Golden Bridge

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August, 2018

Since opening in June, Cau Vang or the “Golden Bridge” has become a trending topic all over social media. If you’ve been scrolling through any type of newsfeed, you’ve most likely caught a glimpse of this wonderous structure. This week we’re shining our spotlight on the golden bridge and exactly how it came to be. After reading about this Vietnamese treasure, you’ll be ready to book your trip to the Ba Na Hills so you can see the heavenly hands beyond just your screen.

a wide angle shot of the golden bridge

Where the bridge is located

In the mountains of central Vietnam, massive God-like hands sprout from the landscape. The mountains, also known as Ba Na Hills, was a popular getaway for the French during the colonial occupation of Vietnam beginning in 1897. Fast forward to present day, and this spot has become a major tourist attraction. In 2017 alone, Ba Na Hills received over 2.7 million visitors who flocked to the hills to enjoy the cable cars, French Village, wax museum, alpine coaster, drop tower, and countless restaurants and bistros. It’s no wonder that TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City chose this specific location for their bridge.

Tourists are flocking to the attraction

According to Vu Viet Anh, the Design Principal at TA Landscape Architecture, the firm aimed to evoke the image of “giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land.” Among the foggy and fairy-like lands of Ba Na Hills, the walkway resembles a pathway to heaven and the hands seem to be an ancient artifact of the mountains. These giant stone hands appear almost lifelike, and the golden bridge soars over 3,000 feet above sea level. Winding around the mountains, tourists can stroll to their heart’s content. When visitors walk this bridge, they feel as though they’re walking on clouds. No wonder tourists have been flocking to the bridge since its opening in June of this year.

the golden bridge filled with tourists

The details of the dramatic architecture

It’s no accident that tourists are flooding this bridge, in fact, it’s part of an estimated $2 billion project to attract visitors to this part of Vietnam. The 500 foot span is strategically broken in to eight segments to make each step feel like a different world. Each span is decorated with different floral designs to help accentuate the golden hues of the bridge. In addition, the oversized hands have been finished with a weathered effect to give an ancient appearance. The architects didn’t want the hands to look new as they felt it would ruin the illusion of age and antiquity.

There’s no better time than the present to book your flight to the Ba Na Hills to enjoy all of their events, attractions, and culture. The bridge hasn’t been open to the public long enough to lose or alter from its original integrity of not only the architecture but the floral design as well. Stay tuned for our next architectural spotlight, and in the meantime, get in touch with J-Tech to begin updating your home, even if you don’t have the budget given to the golden bridge!

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