To celebrate the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang, the government of Vietnam has constructed the world's largest dragon-shaped bridge over the Han River. Not only is it the steel bridge the largest of its type in the world, but it is covered in over 2,500 LED lights - and it breathes fire!
Construction on Vietnam’s massive 545-foot dragon bridge began in 2009. Now, four years and $85 million later, the eye-catching bridge is complete. Not only does the Dragon Bridge breathe fire for festivals and special occasions – it can also blast water spouts into the air! The bridge opened at the same time as the new sail-shaped Tran Thi Ly bridge.
The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang, head of the Central Committee for Internal Affairs – former Chair and Party Secretary of Da Nang Nguyen Ba Thanh and Da Nang’s officials, who cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Dragon Bridge.
“This achievement is the result of the determination of Da Nang’s leaders and the consensus of the local people. The Government always supports Da Nang to become the center of economic, cultural, and economic development in the central and Central Highlands region as well as the country”, the Deputy Prime Minister said in a statement.
The Louis Berger Group designed the six-lane bridge to emulate the shape of the dragon in the Ly Dynasty. It is also currently the only the bridge with a single steel arch in Southeast Asia. The two bridges are now considered the most important transport links in Da Nang city, connecting the downtown area with the two coastal districts of Son Tra and Ngu Hanh Son.
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