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17/04/2020 - 10:29

Dismantlement and renovation of Thanh Toan tiled roof bridge 

Thanh Toan tiled roof bridge (Thuy Thanh commune, Huong Thuy town) - classified as rare and of high artistic value in the types of ancient bridges in Vietnam – is in the process of being dismantled for renovation. Agencies with high expertise are dismantling the bridge to preserve, repair and embellish. Funding for this project is over 13 billion VND, approved by the Provincial People's Committee.

Thanh Toan tiled roof bridge is being dismantled

The project is invested by Huong Thuy Town Management Board of Construction Investment and is expected to be implemented in 2 years’ time.

On 16/4, the dismantling was still urgently underway. The system of rafters, tile roofs, etc., after being lowered will be classified according to the level of damage. From there, the inspection and evaluation will be carried out to plan additional materials before the restoration process.

In this restoration phase, Thanh Toan tiled roof bridge will be restored to the original details to promote the cultural preservation value of the project.

The bridge was built in 1776 in the style of "thượng gia hạ kiều" (on top is the house, and the lower part is the bridge). It was recognized as a national monument in July 1990. The bridge has a length of 17m and a width of 4m. On both sides of the bridge, there are two rows of wooden platforms and railings to sit on. The bridge is covered with glazed pipe tiles which are divided into 7 compartments.

The following are images in the process of dismantlement and restoration captured by Thua Thien Hue Online:

The dismantlement is done from the top down, starting from the roof

The rafter system is collected in one place, then examined and evaluated

The system of piers will be dismantled last

Each pillar is carefully measured and evaluated

The intact tiles are gathered in one place

Thanh Toan tiled roof bridge after being dismantled, from afar

Architectural drawing of Thanh Toan tiled roof bridge after completion

Story and photos: Nhan Thanh