Facing the possible collapse of the 400-year-old Cau Bridge, a symbol of Hoi An city, the central province of Quang Nam, and a popular destination among tourists, local authorities have announced they will soon put a limit on the number of visitors touring the site

Accordingly there will be a maximum of 20 persons allowed to be on the bridge at a time.

The bridge was built by Japanese businessmen in the 17th century. In 1653, a pagoda was built adjacent to the northern corridor of the bridge. Since then it has been called the Japanese bridge.

Although it has been restored many times, the bridge is now damaged and at risk of collapsing. Cracks in the foundations and main structure, timber girders, beams and rafters have been found in recent years and the situation continues to degrade.-VNA