The Living Bridge

The Living Bridge

People cross the unique living tree root bridge in Padang, Indonesia. The crossing has replaced a rickety bamboo contraption that was constantly washed away by swollen rivers during the monsoon season, cutting off two villages. A local man named Pakih Sohan decided to intertwine tree roots over 26 years to form the sturdy walkway. Now the villages of Pulut-pulut and Lubuak Glare on either bank of the Bayang river are no longer cut off. The bridge is 30 metres long and one metre wide – and has stood on the site for 100 years.