Thursday Salute to Originals: The Golden Bridge
The city of Ba Na Hills is home to Vietnam’s latest tourist attraction. The “Golden Bridge“, or Cau Vang, is a new bridge that is causing a lot of excitement within the city! The city is evocative of a scene from the latter Middle Ages. Founded in 1900 by French settlers, it reads as a mythical place because of its distinctive scenery, and has only become more intriguing with the addition of this sculptural bridge.
The architect, Vu Viet Anh, describes the bridge as creating “a walkway in the sky, among the foggy and fairy-like lands of Ba Na mountain.” Cau Vang measures 490 feet in length and is 4,600 above sea level. Vu’s inspiration for the bridge is “giant hands of gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land.” After the bridge opened in June of this year, photographs of the bridge quickly went viral on social media (naturally!). Tourists leave the attraction in awe due to feeling inspired as to how it feels like “humans can do anything.”
The next project in the works for the architectural firm is an adjoining bridge in silver. The symbolism that the new bridge will represent is to look like “a strand of a god’s hair.” A date has not been set as to when construction on the new bridge will begin. The creativity and thoughtfulness in design are what make this bridge an incredible work of art.
This Thursday, we are saluting the Cau Vang! The bridge represents an enchanted link to the supernatural, through the vessel of sculptural architecture.