Best Photo Ops to Celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Vietnam
The Dragon is among the four sacred animals of Vietnamese mythology, including the Dragon, the Unicorn, the Tortoise, and the Phoenix. These four sacred animals create perfect beauty and symbolize the world of complete virtue. They represent the perfect balance of sky and ground, as well as water and air. According to Feng Shui, the Dragon is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity.
In the minds of Vietnamese people, the Dragon is seen as a deity and a symbol of cosmic monism because it embodies both yin and yang energies and both sky and ground. Therefore, this creature is known to have a strong influence on wet rice cultivation, a historical and traditional profession in Vietnam that has much connection with the two original natural elements: land and water.
The famous Dragon Bridge is located on the beautiful Han River of Da Nang. Aside from astonishing architecture, this bridge is also well known for its exciting water and fire performances.
With a unique design simulating the shape of a dragon winding on the surface of the Han River and facing the East Sea, Dragon Bridge is a popular check-in spot in Da Nang. The Dragon Bridge is the main traffic axis of Da Nang, the shortest route connecting Da Nang International Airport with Son Tra coastal tourist areas.
|The famous Dragon Bridge is located on the beautiful Han River of Da Nang. Photo: Pixabay
Located at the heart of the biggest city in Central Vietnam - Da Nang, the Dragon Bridge shines brightly under the dark night sky. With quick research in advance, one can easily find a good spot to enjoy the spectacular water and fire performances.
The Dragon Bridge of Da Nang, Vietnam is the world's largest dragon-shaped steel bridge. With an installation cost of $85 million, it has 6 lanes and 666 meters of undulating steel shaped into a Ly-Dynasty dragon figure - the symbol of prosperity in Vietnamese culture. This gorgeous one-of-a-kind metal dragon also “breathes” fire and water weekly. The deliberate integration of lighting technology, with more than 2,500 LED lights, exquisitely shows the dragon's body and its vivid fire-breathing head.
Linh Quang Pagoda
Linh Quang Tu (Sacred Light Pagoda), which is located in Tam Thanh Commune, standing on a gentle hill, whose scenery is as quiet as being separated from the mundane life.
|The dragon statue at Linh Quang Pagoda. Photo: Nguyen Quang
The whole pagoda’s scene emerged fabulously between the charming beauty of Phu Quy island. Linh Quang Tu is the starting place associated with the spread of Buddhist light on Phu Quy Island. It is not only a place with a beautiful view, but a typical pagoda in the fields of Buddhism, history, and art on the island.
This place impresses visitors with the statue of Avalokiteśvara appearing on a dragon body 100m long and 2m in diameter, symbolizing a hundred years of prosperity and longevity of religion and the nation.
Phu Chau Temple
Behold the natural landscape and amazing piece of architecture of the floating temple in Saigon. Inside the temple is the magnificent Chinese architectural style. Hundreds of sculptures and statues were sophisticatedly carved. Tourists will be amazed by the colorful and garnished pieces of porcelain all over the walls and columns. The temple dates back over 300 years. The infrastructure and reconstruction are said to have been particularly invested to build up such a fascinating temple.
|There are hundreds of dragon statues inside and outside of the temple. Photo: Lac Ha
The temple is not as crowded as most of the other temples, partially because of its distinct geographical condition. That is a good thing as tourists can have more space to discover and snap some marvelous photos. When they get tired, there are also benches for them to rest on.
There are hundreds of dragon statues inside and outside of the temple. Entering the temple, tourists can see that the temple architecture carries ancient traits of Chinese culture.
Couple of dragons at West Lake (Hanoi)
|The pair of ceramic dragons are 35m long, made from 6,000 plates and more than 4,000 cups with special glaze. Photo: Lucie Huong
Since 2012, the pair of Ly Dynasty ceramic dragons placed at Bach Thao Park (Hanoi) since the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long has been moved to be placed at West Lake. The pair of ceramic dragons are 35m long, made from 6,000 plates and more than 4,000 cups with special glaze. This is a familiar check-in point for many tourists when coming to West Lake.
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