Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Vietnamese bridges - 2002


On 27 September 2002, Vietnam Post issued the stamp series features the Vietnamese bridges. This issue consisted of 4 postage stamps, First Day Cover and Maxi Card. All issuances depicts the famous bridges of Vietnam like : Long Bien bridge, Truong Tien bridge, Song Han bridge, and My Thuan bridge.
 
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Long Biên bridge (Hà Nội)
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Long Bien Bridge was built in 1903 by the architects of Daydé & Pillé, a French company. Before North Vietnam's independence in 1954, it was called Doumer Bridge, named after Paul Doumer . Long Bien Bridge is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two parts of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.
 
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The bridge now stands like a patched-up war veteran. Some parts of the original structure remain intact, while large sections have clearly been built later to repair the holes. In this way the bridge is a strong visual expression of history. Only half of the bridge retains its original shape. A project with support and loan from the French government is currently in progress to restore the bridge to its original appearance.

Sông Hàn bridge (Đà Nẵng)
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The Song Han Bridge was built by the people of Da Nang. It is the first swing bridge to be built in Vietnam. The bridge is an important part of Danang's cityscape. In the middle of the night, traffic is stopped from crossing the Song Han Bridge and it swings on its axis to allow shipping traffic to pass along the river.

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The Song Han Bridge helps tourists to travel from their hotels to the area's beaches.

Trường Tiền bridge (Huế)
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There are more than ten bridges spanning the Huong River, however none of the ten bridges have been able to make a mark as a symbol of Hue like the Truong Tien Bridge. A major tourism destination, Hue Imperial City is a city landscaped with beautiful gardens, peeping terraces, magnificent palaces, and majestic pavilions that rightfully deserve a place among the heritage of the world. Truong Tien Bridge, Hue is among the various landmarks of Hue.

As written in Annual of Unified Great Nam by "The office of Vietnam History" of the Nguyen Dynasty, "the metal bridge Truong Tien in the south east of the Capital commenced to be built in the 9th year of King Thanh Thai (1897) and then finished in 1899. The bridge is about 400m long with 6 spans".

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The metal structure of the Truong Tien Bridge was affected by a terrible typhoon in August 1904, which devastated the Centre of Vietnam, and left 6 spans of the bridge broken. Only two spans of the bridge could sustain the onslaught of the catastrophic typhoon.

The bridge was reconstructed in 1906. Since then the Trang Tien Bridge or Truong Tien Brigde has been repaired so many times again. Once there used to be a small market at the Truong Tien wharf near the bridge right gate named Dong Ba. Today Dong Ba is the trading centre of Hue city.


Mỹ Thuận bridge
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The Mỹ Thuận Bridge  is a cable-stayed bridge over the Mekong river, connecting Cái Bè ,district of Tiền Giang Province with Vĩnh Long City of Vĩnh Long Province in Vietnam. It was developed in a joint venture between the governments of Australia and Vietnam. The bridge was the largest overseas assistance project undertaken by the Australian government costing A$91 million.

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It was built by Bilfinger Berger and completed in 2000.The strong relationship between, and the hard work of, the 300 Australians and the 1,500 Vietnamese employed on the bridge's planning and construction has left an enviable record. In addition to being on budget, construction of the project was completed in 33 months, three months ahead of schedule. The safety record was exemplary, with no deaths or serious injuries, and days lost due to lesser injuries considerably less than international experience on similar projects.
Resources: Some from Wikipedia, Australian Global Education , and Vietnam Tourist Information.

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