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Kiss Bridge – A new artistic masterpiece in Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Following the success of Golden Bridge in Danang, Sun Group officially unveiled Kiss Bridge in Sunset Town on Phu Quoc Island that is expected to become another phenomenon for both domestic and international tourists.

Kiss Bridge is designed by Italian architect Marco Casamonti. The 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. It took Casamonti more than two years to conceive the idea and complete the design.

Speaking at the Inauguration Ceremony, Huynh Quang Hung, chairman of the People’s Committee of Phu Quoc, said: ‘The Kiss Bridge is a true masterpiece, blending unique artistry and exceptional construction. 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 firsthand.”

Kiss Bridge has a total length of 800 meters with two separate walkways coming from opposite directions. There is a 30-centimeter gap in the middle of the bridge which can be easily crossed with an embrace, a handshake, or even a kiss.

There is a 30-centimeter-gap in the middle of the bridge which can be easily crossed with an embrace, a handshake, or even a kiss

The precise point gap has also been calculated so that on every 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. During this time, it is said that couples standing on Kiss Bridge, embracing their love and making a wish, can live happily together forever.

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 tons, equivalent to the compression force of 40 buses.

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