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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Built over the Yalu River in 1911 by the Japanese, the area’s first iron bridge was partially destroyed by USA military forces during the Korean War in 1950. It runs parallel and adjacent to the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge and has been turned into a tourist attraction to offset the latter’s functional status. Entrance is (obviously) on the Chinese side of the river, and after paying for your ticket and ascending two flights of stairs you are at the end of the bridge proper. A five minute walk to the end follows, with pictures and drawings of the history of the bridge and Korean War scattered along the way, some with English signage. Once you reach the end you can see twisted steel where the bombs dropped through the structure and, most movingly, the remnants of concrete supports from the destroyed half of the remainder of the bridge. There were quite a few tourists here when I went which made access a bit difficult, but again this is China so it’s not that big of a surprise. We also got a chance to see the bridge from the river when we took our cruise which was equally as evocative.

Overall this was a decent if somewhat routine attraction, best viewed in the context of the entire river and its history. A signature stop, just be sure and see everything else the city has to offer.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

If you have some time between trains, you should take a stroll to the Friendship bridge (around 15min walking). Quite an interesting site: the Americans bombarded the bridge, and while the Chinese chose to rebuild it, the North Koreans decided to leave it destroyed on their side, to show how harmful the Americans were.

Thank Ana L
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

I've visited this bridge twice now. On a clear day, it provides an interesting view into North Korea across the Yalu River. Vendors around the entrance sell a wide range of souvenirs.

Thank GeorgeN459
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

It's definitely worth the nominal entry fee to view North Korea from this close. We brought our binoculars to get an even closer view. There's little signage on the bridge to tell it's history, so Google it before if you're interested.

Thank Anna_987987
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

As a means of reminding the World that this bridge was bombed during the Korean War it works, but what a wasted of effort to not repair it.

Typical of the DPRK in making a statement rather than better itself.

Thank RodGarnett
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