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Serendipity: Truong Tien Bridge, Hue, Vietnam

August 1st, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

We kinda bump into this bridge. Hard to imagine this, but we really didn’t know about the existence of this bridge before we literally walked on it – we suck in planning our travels. It was the evening of 17th July 2010, we had the cab dropped us near a supermarket at the imperial city side of the Hue City after our dinner. Afterwards, we decided to walk back to our hotel, which is not that far away based on the simple map that we’ve got from the hotel’s uber-cheerful receptionist Tú.

Truong Tien Bridge, Hue, central Vietnam. Majestic at night when the ever-changing lights give a new lease of life to the cold metal structure.

Then we meet. Us and the Truong Tien Bridge. It is a 2-lane, 6-span metal bridge with narrow pedestrian walkway at both side, over the Huong River (a.k.a. Perfume River). It is painted colorfully by the ever-changing lights, from white to red, green, blue, yellow, all in different hue (no pun intended). The bridge is grand by its own, but with the lights giving it a different color & personality every few seconds, it is just majestic. We were busy taking photos while crossing it and before we reached the other side (< 500m I’d say), Ben’s camera battery ran flat. While he was running back to the hotel to have the battery charged for a short-while and then come back for more, I have the whole bridge for myself. (Well, not really. Like with few hundreds of the locals).

This was the only night that we overnight in Hue. If we didn’t happen to be here now, we are going to miss it like forever.

In life, some great things just come to you without you asking for it. You are so ecstatically happy that you wish the time can freeze at this moment eternally for you to to own it forever. But it is not to be. You let go reluctantly. And look forward for the next serendipity.

More photos after the fold – my futile effort trying to capture the moment as present, but then, it has been past.

Pedestrian walkway at the side of Truong Tien bridge.

Crossing the bridge.

It is blue now!

Locals gather on Huong River bank to enjoy the Truong Tien bridge.

Truong Tien bridge stands over the Huong River colorfully.

  1. chiy
    August 1st, 2010 at 20:05 | #1

    Love the first pic so much!

  2. TZH
    August 2nd, 2010 at 09:39 | #2


    Is that the new d700?

  3. August 2nd, 2010 at 10:11 | #3

    Yea.. that’s like the only camera that I have for now. :-p

  4. Hojai
    August 2nd, 2010 at 21:32 | #4

    The old bridge will soon gone without a trace, and lucky you have the historical walk.

  5. Mei
    August 3rd, 2010 at 00:01 | #5

    The pics look sentimental, impressed!

  6. TZH
    August 5th, 2010 at 10:49 | #6

    finally u broke your piggy bank.
    Haven manage to congratulate you on your new purchase. 🙂

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