Vietnam's Dragon Bridge Actually Breathes Out Fire!


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Though bridge designs have come a long way since humans began using fallen tree trunks or stones to get across stretches of water, they have until now been boring inert structures. That however changed on March 29th, 2013, with the unveiling of Vietnam's Dragon bridge. It not only resembles the legendary mythical creature, but also, acts like it, by breathing out fire!

Located in the city of Da Nang, the steel structure spans a total of 666 meters (2,185 feet) in length and 37.4 meters (122.70 feet) in width. On the side lies the 128 meter (420 feet) creation that resembles the Ly Dragon, a creature believed by locals to bring good fortune. The coolest part is that on special occasions, the dragon head, which is lit up with 2,500 LED lights, can be switched on to shoot out not just fire, but also, water!

Designed by U.S. based Louis Berger Group, the spectacular bridge that has been under construction since 2009, cost a whopping 1.7 trillion Vietnamese dong ($81.6 mm USD). Commissioned to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the city's liberation during the final days of the country's war with the US, the bridge connects the Da Nang International airport to the area's most popular beaches.

If that is not impressive enough, on the same morning, the city also inaugurated another cool-looking bridge - The sail shaped 731 meter (2,398 feet) long Tran Thi Ly bridge. Built over the Han river, this 1.7 trillion ($81.6 mm USD) Vietnamese dong investment connects the downtown area with the most popular coastal districts - Fortunately in this case, the bridge does not sail away!


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  • chiyoakari
    chiyoakariTuesday, March 24, 2020 at 7:01 am
    Happy real late Birthday! (28 days late)
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      lovepup1Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 11:50 am
      My B-day is Tomorrow
      • oops
        oopsMonday, March 2, 2020 at 11:51 am
        Happy late birthday! 👩 💨🎂 🎈🎁🎉🎁🎈
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          meatlover24Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 5:42 pm
          HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎂🎂!!
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            celia_berry13Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 1:32 pm
            HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!
          • lovepup1
            lovepup1Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 11:50 am
            I have seen that before!!!
            • dragon slayer 1Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 8:32 am
              super crazy wicked cool
              • fuwesycafyfome
                fuwesycafyfomeThursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:37 am
                i love dragons
                • FirstbourneFriday, April 5, 2019 at 5:39 am
                  oh wolfdog YES THEY WERE! Unicorns were physical appearences, while dragons are spiritual. Unicorns didn't look like how we pictured them, they were actually pretty ugly.
                  • drac
                    dracThursday, April 4, 2019 at 2:55 pm
                    Cool. Mythical Creatures like Dragons, Gryphons, Basilisk, etc are awesome. I definitely know that these creatures excisted once, and Cressida Cowell, Tui T. Sutherland, etc have definitely improved on that.
                    • AndOCATThursday, January 10, 2019 at 11:26 am
                      wow that is so cool I want to go there sometime on the bridge.
                      • Firstbourne Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:18 am
                        I love dragons they are my favorite animal did you know that once dragons were actually real, and so were unicorns.The unicorns went extinct 450,000,000 years ago.
                        • wolfdog
                          wolfdogWednesday, February 6, 2019 at 8:35 am
                          But they're not really real.
                        • Bob SuvillianWednesday, September 19, 2018 at 6:57 pm
                          I have never seen it in real life but heard it also breathes water aswell. Am I correct?
                          • oops
                            oopsMonday, March 2, 2020 at 11:54 am
                            Yes. It says in the article that it breathes water and fire.