Historical Hoi An pagoda under renovation

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Historical Hoi An pagoda under renovation

One of Hoi An’s most iconic attractions – the Cau Pagoda – is undergoing restoration to preserve it for generations to come. Connected with the Japanese Covered Bridge, an 18 metre-long UNESCO listed structure dating back to the 17th century, the pagoda is dedicated to Tran Vo Bac De, the Taoist god of weather, and reflects a hybrid of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese architectural styles.

Originally built by Japanese tradesman in the ancient port city, the iconic bridge features Chinese symbols and statues which have been added over centuries to commemorate important dates. It looks particularly impressive at night when floodlit.

The US$861,000 refurbishment includes reinforcing the foundation, repairing the floor, the timber framework and roof. Japanese cultural experts are helping with the process which is expected to be completed by the year-end of 2023.

The Cau Pagoda in Hoi An, Vietnam is under renovation

During the renovations, access to the pagoda will be restricted although visitors can still enjoy the many charms of this UNESCO World Heritage city. Hidden amongst the old town’s bright yellow facades and colourful lanterns are a variety of boutique shops and restaurants, as well as centuries-old mansions, all waiting to be explored.

For more information about travel experiences in Hoi An, contact our team at vietnam@asiantrails.com.vn.

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