Top Photo Spots in Vietnam to Celebrate the Year of the Dragon

During the Tet Holiday, tourists can explore the amazing Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, the thrilling Thuy Tien Lake Water Park in Thua Thien Hue, and the serene Linh Quang Pagoda. These destinations boast beautiful dragon imagery and offer an unforgettable experience for visitors.

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The Dragon is one of the four sacred animals in Vietnamese mythology, along with the Unicorn, the Tortoise, and the Phoenix. These four sacred animals represent perfect beauty and symbolize the world of complete virtue. They embody 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 has a strong influence on wet rice cultivation, a historical and traditional profession in Vietnam that is closely connected to the two original natural elements: land and water.

Dragon Bridge

The famous Dragon Bridge is located on the beautiful Han River in Da Nang. Apart from its stunning architecture, this bridge is also well-known for its captivating water and fire performances.

With its unique design that resembles a dragon winding on the surface of the Han River and facing the East Sea, Dragon Bridge has become a popular check-in spot in Da Nang. It serves as the main transportation route in Da Nang, connecting Da Nang International Airport with Son Tra coastal tourist areas.

The famous Dragon Bridge is located on the beautiful Han River in Da Nang. Photo: Pixabay

Situated in the heart of Da Nang, the largest city in Central Vietnam, the Dragon Bridge shines brightly against the dark night sky. With a little research in advance, one can easily find a good spot to enjoy the spectacular water and fire performances.

The Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam, is the world’s largest dragon-shaped steel bridge. With an installation cost of $85 million, it boasts 6 lanes and stretches 666 meters, taking the form of a Ly-Dynasty dragon figure – a symbol of prosperity in Vietnamese culture. This magnificent dragon sculpture also puts on a weekly show, “breathing” fire and water. The deliberate use of lighting technology, with over 2,500 LED lights, beautifully showcases the dragon’s body and its vivid fire-breathing head.

Linh Quang Pagoda

Linh Quang Tu (Sacred Light Pagoda), located in Tam Thanh Commune, sits gracefully on a gentle hill, secluded from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The dragon statue at Linh Quang Pagoda. Photo: Nguyen Quang

The entire scene of the pagoda emerges splendidly amidst the charming beauty of Phu Quy island. Linh Quang Tu serves as the birthplace of the spread of Buddhist light on Phu Quy Island. It is not only a place with breathtaking views but also a prominent pagoda in the fields of Buddhism, history, and art on the island.

This place captivates visitors with a statue of Avalokiteśvara appearing on a 100-meter-long dragon body, measuring 2 meters in diameter. This symbolizes a hundred years of prosperity and longevity for both religion and the nation.

Phu Chau Temple

Behold the natural landscape and stunning architecture of the floating temple in Saigon. Inside the temple, one can admire the magnificent Chinese architectural style. The temple features hundreds of intricately carved sculptures and statues. Tourists will be amazed by the colorful and intricately adorned porcelain pieces covering the walls and columns. This temple has a history dating back over 300 years, and great investment was made for its infrastructure and reconstruction.

There are hundreds of dragon statues inside and outside of the temple. Photo: Lac Ha

The temple is not as crowded as most other temples, partly due to its unique geographical location. This is advantageous for tourists as they have more space to explore and capture marvelous photos. When they need to rest, there are also benches available for them.

Inside and outside the temple, there are hundreds of dragon statues. Upon entering the temple, tourists can observe that the architectural features of the temple bear 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 located at Bach Thao Park (Hanoi) since the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long have been relocated to West Lake. The pair of ceramic dragons are 35 meters long, made from 6,000 plates, and adorned with more than 4,000 cups with a special glaze. This has become a popular photo spot for many tourists when visiting West Lake.

Charlotte Pho