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Koh Paen bamboo bridge

The incredible bamboo bridge that is rebuilt every year

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Koh Paen bamboo bridge

On the small island of Koh Paen, completely surrounded by Cambodian terrain, you can still breathe the rural life of this Southeast Asian country. Above the waters of the Mekong River, which flows through six countries, a bridge made entirely of bamboo rocks. With a length of more than a kilometer, this footbridge formed by 50,000 bamboo canes and it is rebuilt every year. Before the rainy season starts (from May to November), the villagers dismantle the bridge manually and store the bamboo material in front of the river floods. The continued construction and dismantling of this historic viaduct has been carried out every year for decades, paralyzing itself only in some periods during the Cambodian Civil War, a conflict that occurred between 1967 and 1975.Read More »The incredible bamboo bridge that is rebuilt every year