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Kiss Bridge: A new iconic destination in Vietnam

Kiss Bridge: A new iconic destination in Vietnam

Tuesday, December 26, 2023, 15:00 GMT+7
Kiss Bridge: A new iconic destination in Vietnam
On the afternoon of December 22, 2023, the Kiss Bridge, a project awaited eagerly by tourists, was officially inaugurated in Sunset Town on Phu Quoc Island, southern Vietnam.

On December 22, 2023, Sun Group officially unveiled the Kiss Bridge in Sunset Town on Phu Quoc Island. With its innovative design and stunning location to the south of Phu Quoc, this enchanting structure is anticipated to emulate the Golden Bridge in Sun World Ba Na Hills, Da Nang as a modern man-made wonder and iconic destination.

Crafted by Italian architect Marco Casamonti, the design of the Kiss Bridge took inspiration from 'The Creation of Adam,’ the classical fresco created by Michelangelo for the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and ‘The Legend of Nguu Lang and Chuc Nu,’ a Vietnamese folk tale about two young lovers who are separated by the Jade Emperor but permitted to meet once a year on the O Thuoc Bridge.

This new architectural wonder spans a distance of 800 meters with two separate walkways coming from opposite directions.

In the middle is a 30cm gap, a distance which can be easily crossed with an embrace, a handshake, or even a kiss.

The precise point gap has also been calculated to capture a spectacular sight – every January 1, the setting sun gracefully descends right between the bridge's two arches, creating a charming scene and making it one of the world's most stunning sunset spots.

‘The Kiss Bridge is a true masterpiece, blending unique artistry and exceptional construction,” Huynh Quang Hung, chairman of the People's Committee of Phu Quoc, said at the inauguration ceremony.

“It adds an iconic touch to Phu Quoc, complementing the island's natural beauty.

“We envision that the Kiss Bridge will put Phu Quoc on the global map, attracting travelers who wish to witness this exceptional architectural marvel first-hand, much like the awe-inspiring impact that the Golden Bridge has had on Vietnamese tourism.'

Following the success of the Golden Bridge in Sun World Ba Na Hills, Da Nang, Phu Quoc's Kiss Bridge promises to become a new enduring symbol of tourism in Vietnam.

Following the success of the Golden Bridge in Sun World Ba Na Hills, Da Nang, Phu Quoc's Kiss Bridge promises to become a new enduring symbol of tourism in Vietnam.

The bridge was constructed using cantilevers, which are supported by a tilted pylon at a 65-degree angle on one end while the other end extends out into space, reaching a distance of 25 meters.

The combined weight of the cantilevered structure on either side is a staggering 400 tonnes, equivalent to the compression force of 40 buses.

Suspended between the blue of the sea and the sky with two inclined pillars, the Kiss Bridge has achieved something unprecedented – a pedestrian bridge that runs over the waves lapping onto one of the world's most beautiful beaches. It is undoubtedly a truly distinctive icon that will draw many visitors to Phu Quoc.

A marvelous moment at the inauguration of the Kiss Bridge in Sunset Town on Phu Quoc Island, southern Vietnam

A marvelous moment at the inauguration of the Kiss Bridge in Sunset Town on Phu Quoc Island, southern Vietnam

The bridge is a stunning sight both from a distance and close-up.

Indeed, its tips are composed of ultra-clear glass, offering an exceptional 96-percent transparency.

This lends the glass an almost 'invisible' quality. As twilight thickens over the island, a LED lighting system also brightly illuminates the bridge, casting a soft glow through the structure and evoking a fairy-tale beauty.

Opening just in time for the festive season, the Kiss Bridge seamlessly syncs with a collection of new structures and attractions crafted by Sun Group at Sunset Bay, including the multimedia technology art show called ‘Kiss of the Sea.’ Developed at a cost of over VND3,400 billion (US$140.3 million), it is performed every evening.

What is more, every show throughout the year culminates with a mesmerizing seven-minute fireworks display.

Every year on January 1, the setting sun gracefully descends right between the bridge's two arches, creating a charming scene that crowns this place ‘one of the world's most stunning sunset spots.’

Every year on January 1, the setting sun gracefully descends right between the bridge's two arches, creating a charming scene that crowns this place ‘one of the world's most stunning sunset spots.’

Besides the bridge and dazzling stage show, on December 21 Sun Group also unveiled the VUI-Fest Bazaar, an exciting beachside night market as well as La Festa Phu Quoc - Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, a stunning new five-star accommodation in Sunset Town.

Altogether, these attractive developments promise to transform the 'Pearl Island' into a vibrant year-round hotspot for global travelers.

Yen Viet / Tuoi Tre News

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