Bridges are connecting elements. They bring roads, neighbourhoods and people together by overcoming one main obstacle: water. Since Vietnam is a place full with rivers (overflowed with water during the rainy season), bridges become an essential part in everyday life.
The Vietnamese not only use bridges for the sole purpose of getting from point A to point B; isn fact, they serve as a meeting point for a get-together. Now that Saigon’s river banks are getting populated with tall residential buildings, construction workers go under the bridges for their daily lunch (or coffee break).
For many, bridges symbolise their get-away spot where they can unwind from the city’s hustle and bustle. The young and the not-so-young spend countless hours fishing by the bridges, waiting to reel in their rod for the catch of the day. Truth be told, it’s more about socialising than fishing in the end.
That’s how it works with bridges in Vietnam. If you are curious enough to go wander the endless connecting arches around the city, you will soon realise that their main purpose in life (as if they had one) is bringing communities together. Long life to bridges!