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This Bridge In Vietnam Has A Giant Firebreathing Dragon On It. For Real.
April 7, 2013
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Photo: Sotay Dulich

Pop quiz: you're going to build a bridge. What do you need?

Obviously, space for cars, and probably pedestrians and bikes. And you'll need to make sure the construction is solid.

Oh, yeah, and you'll obviously have to include a gigantic light-up dragon that breathes real fire.

At least, you'll need that if you want to live up to this bridge in the city of Da Nang in Vietnam. It's a fully functional bridge (one of the heaviest in the world, in fact) with six lanes for cars and two for bikes - and it also happens to include a huge sculpture of a dragon.

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Photo: Sotay Dulich

The Da Nang dragon contains 15,000 LED lights which glow in a variety of colours, and also boasts a mouth that can spray either water or real live flames. Check out this video of the firebreathing in action:

The bridge, which is 666 metres long, opened on March 29 - the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang city during the Vietnam War. Construction started in July 2009, and the bridge is now the shortest route across the Han River from Da Nang airport to the beaches on the east side.

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Photo: Sotay Dulich

In all, it cost $85 million to build, which seems like a small price to pay for the bragging rights of having a city with a bridge that breathes fire.

Via My Modern Met

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