Discover the beauty of Trang Tien Bridge: a proud symbol of Hue

Trang Tien Bridge, reflecting on the poetic Perfume River, is always mentioned as a beautiful symbol of Hue. It is this beauty that becomes an endless source of inspiration for poetry and music here. Today,’s will share with you the most useful Trang Tien Bridge travel information.

A little bit about the history of Trang Tien Bridge

Trang Tien Bridge is also known as Truong Tien Bridge. Up to now, the bridge has existed for more than 100 years, going through many ups and downs in history with Hue. This was the first bridge built in Indochina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A little bit about the history of Trang Tien Bridge

When was Trang Tien Bridge built?

In 1897, the 9th year of Thanh Thai, the French government Levécque decided to start construction of Trang Tien bridge. The person responsible for the design of the bridge at that time was Gustave Eiffel – who created the wonder of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (France).

The bridge-building techniques and materials used at that time were entirely Western. The bridge was built and completed 2 years later, ie 1899, which is also the 11th year of Thanh Thai. Therefore, the bridge is officially called Thanh Thai Bridge. The cost of building the bridge at that time amounted to 400 million Indochinese dong, which was not a small amount.


The times the bridge was repaired

In 1904, after being put into use for 5 years, the bridge was toppled by a storm. It was not until 1906 that the bridge was restored and completed. In 1907, when King Thanh Thai was exiled by the French to Réunion Island, Thanh Thai Bridge was renamed Clémenceau Bridge at that time.

In 1937, during the reign of King Bao Dai, the Clémenceau bridge was repaired more firmly and widely. At this time, the bridge has more paths for pedestrians and cyclists. At the same time, the balcony in the middle of the bridge is enlarged to become a place to avoid traffic and enjoy the scenery for people. In 1945, the government of Tran Trong Kim changed the name of the bridge to Nguyen Hoang Bridge.


In 1946 during the Vietnam-France war, the bridge was collapsed by Viet Minh mines. By 1953, the bridge was completely repaired. However, during the 1968 Tet Offensive, the bridge continued to be destroyed and damaged and it was not until 1991 that it was restored and completed in 1995.

In 2002, Trang Tien Bridge was installed with a modern color changing LED lighting system, creating a shimmering scene every time the city lights up.

Origin of the name of Trang Tien Bridge

Since the country’s unification, the bridge was renamed Trang Tien, until 2004 it was officially changed to Truong Tien. This name comes from the fact that in the past, the opposite left bank of the bridge was where the Nguyen Dynasty mint operated.

How to get to the bridge

The location of Trang Tien Bridge is right in the heart of Hue city. The bridge connects the two banks of the Perfume River, the north belongs to Phu Hoa ward, the south belongs to Phu Hoi ward. To visit the bridge you can use road vehicles such as motorbikes, bicycles, cars or you can also go by river.

The fastest and safest way is by road. You contact Hue Car Rental in the city or at the hotel where you stay. You can also call a taxi or a motorbike taxi.

If you go by river, you will sit on a boat floating on the Perfume River. With this form, you will both admire the poetic and peaceful landscape and breathe the fresh and fresh air of the ancient capital.

At what time should you go to Trang Tien Bridge?

To have the most perfect Hue trip, you need to find out about the weather in advance. Hue’s climate is divided into 2 seasons: dry season (March to August) and rainy season (October to February).

During the dry season, especially the summer months, the weather in Hue is quite hot, the temperature sometimes reaches 40 degrees. In October, it rains a lot, storms are heavy and it is quite cold. Therefore, the best time for you to go to Hue is from January to March, the weather is cool and pleasant. At this time, you can enjoy the trip and fully admire the beauty of the Perfume River as well as the dreamy Hue.


In addition, if you still go to Hue in the summer, choose the time when the phoenix flowers bloom. The scenery around Trang Tien Bridge at this time becomes extremely brilliant because the phoenixes bloom and dye every corner of the sky red.

Architecture of Truong Tien Bridge

Trang Tien Bridge has a typical architecture in the famous Gothic style of Europe. The total length of the bridge is 402.60 meters, height 5.45 meters, width 6 meters. The land of Hue has a famous song “Truong Tien Bridge with six, twelve spans…”. In fact, the structure of the bridge consists of 6 spans and 12 spans, combined into 6 pairs. The bridge spans 6 spans with steel beams, bearing the shape of a comb, the span of each span is 67m.


When it was first built, the bridge did not have a pedestrian walkway. The bridge deck is only paved with ironwood planks. Until 1906, when the bridge was repaired due to the impact of the storm in 1904, the foundation of the bridge was concreted to make it stronger.

During the five years from 1991 to 1995, when the bridge was restored after the war, there were many significant changes, becoming the bridge it is today. At that time, due to the need to attach more braces to the two sides of the bridge railing, the balcony on both sides was removed. The aisle for vehicles is also narrower than before. The original paint color of the bridge was gray, also changed to silver emulsion paint since then.

The beauty of Trang Tien Bridge

Trang Tien Bridge has a lyrical beauty

The image of Trang Tien Bridge silently reflecting the light and poetic Perfume River has long symbolized the beauty of the lyrical mountains of Hue. Any visitor can’t help but be impressed and captivated by the idyllic and soft beauty when visiting this bridge.


Trang Tien Bridge has a lyrical beauty

Trang Tien Bridge is “strangely beautiful” during the blooming season of phoenix flowers

Summer is also the time when the rows of phoenix trees bloom red on the banks of the Perfume River. This scene is as if painting a brilliant red color to make Trang Tien Bridge more brilliant. Standing on the riverbank to check-in a picture with phoenix flowers and historical bridge is so dreamy and romantic.

Trang Tien Bridge is beautiful and sparkling at night

Coming to Trang Tien Bridge when each street in Hue has been lit up, you will have to admire the splendid light party. In particular, the bands of blue, yellow, orange, red, etc. on the bridge will create a fanciful space.


Trang Tien Bridge is magically beautiful at sunset

If you come to Trang Tien Bridge at the right time of sunset, you will be amazed at the scene that is both magical and dreamy. The bridge stands silently in the vast space, tinged with sunset. This is a scene that makes visitors fall in love and fascinated.

Fascinating experiences when visiting Trang Tien Bridge

Walking on the bridge

If you come to Hue on beautiful days, do not forget to take a leisurely walk on the pedestrian side of the Trang Tien bridge. While strolling to admire the scenery, you will clearly feel the quiet and rustic rhythm of the ancient ancient capital.


See the poetic Perfume River

The best view to see the Perfume River is nowhere but Trang Tien Bridge. Don’t come from the bridge, you will blend into the vast space of the river, the clouds, and enjoy the strange relaxing moments. When looking down, you will see the water drifting slowly, dotted with a few boats or Dragon boats. All make visitors feel like time stopped at that moment.

“Virtual life” let loose with a very “genuine” background

The ancient beauty and strange peacefulness of Trang Tien Bridge is especially loved by tourists and chosen as the background in commemorative photos in Hue. Guaranteed when you visit this place, you will take dozens of dreamy pictures!


Walking on Nguyen Dinh Chieu walking street at the foot of the bridge

Nguyen Dinh Chieu pedestrian street is a destination that attracts many tourists when coming to Hue. This street is located at the foot of Trang Tien Bridge and puts on a noisy and bustling appearance when night falls. Here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy Hue specialties. Visitors can also buy souvenirs and participate in many other interesting activities.

Distance to famous attractions in Hue

Below’s will suggest some destinations that you can incorporate in your itinerary to visit Trang Tien Bridge:

Sight seeing Distance (km)
Hue capital 1.6
Ngu Binh Mountain 4.2
Thien Mu Pagoda 6.1
Tomb of Tu Duc (Khem Lang) 6.0
Tomb of Khai Dinh (Ung Tomb) 9.1
Minh Mang Tomb (Hieu Lang) 11.8

Trang Tien Bridge is the historical witness of Hue city and is considered the “soul” of this land. The image of a slender and brilliant bridge crossing the Perfume River will forever leave a lasting impression in the hearts of visitors. If you have the opportunity to come to Hue, do not forget to visit this famous place to have a memorable experience.

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