Feet in the Clouds: Walking Vietnam’s Golden Bridge

Golden Bridge on Bà Nà Hills, Da Nang, Vietnam
Pedestrian bridge in the Bà Nà Hills resort, near Da Nang, Vietnam
Golden Bridge (Cầu Vàng), Vietnam

Nestled just outside of the city of Da Nang, Vietnam’s Golden Bridge may be the world’s most unique footbridge. It connects the nearby cable car station to the beautiful gardens of the Bà Nà Hills Resort. Set against a backdrop of lush, fantastical scenery, the bridge rises from the ground, supported by two giant hands.

Vu Viet Anh, the lead architect on the bridge’s design, said that the goal was to “invoke the sensation of walking along a thread stretching through the hands of God.” The god-like hands, with their exquisite detail, invoke a sense of the divine for the thousands of visitors who traverse the pedestrian bridge each day.

The shimmering Golden Bridge has quickly become a favorite spot for wedding photos, social media influencers, and artists to capture the contrast of the imposing, human-made structure against the breathtaking, natural beauty of Vietnam’s landscape.

Golden Bridge on Bà Nà Hills, Da Nang, Vietnam
Golden Bridge on Bà Nà Hills, Da Nang, Vietnam

The Golden Bridge (Vietnamese: Cầu Vàng) was built as part of a $2 billion investment to revitalize tourism in the Da Nang area. Immediately after the bridge was unveiled, photos started going viral, drawing attention from travelers across the globe. Vu Viet Anh is astonished at the instant popularity of the bridge, saying, “We’re proud that our product has been shared by people all over the world.”

The bridge is part of the Sun World Bà Nà Hills amusement park, about 20 miles west of the city of Da Nang. Visitors take a cable car ride up the hill where they can walk the 500-foot pedestrian bridge at an impressive 3,280 feet above sea level. The amusement park features more than just the Golden Bridge. Visitors can also tour a medieval French village and a wax museum featuring cultural icons like Michael Jordan and Lady Gaga.