HOI AN OLD TOWN – AN ANCIENT BEAUTY OF VIETNAM

Hoi An is a city which located in the central of Vietnam, on the north bank near the mouth of Thu Bon River. The poetic little town is extremely gentle but also very graceful. Whether it is day or night, Hoi An still has its own charm. The beauty makes Hoi An become one of the most popular destinations in this S-shape country

History and Location

Hoi An is a beautiful town, located on the bank of poetic Thu Bon River, in central Quang Nam province, just 30km from the south of Da Nang. With the strategic location on the bank of the great river, Hoi An was once an important Vietnamese trading in the 16th and 17th centuries and a major international port in the 17th and 18th centuries. Due to that, most of the architecture work in Hoi An remains the interesting blend of many nations such as France, China, Japan. This Old Town was fortunate not to be devastated during the two wars and avoid the massive urbanization of late 20th century. From the early of the 1980s, the architectural and cultural values of Hoi An attracted hundreds of scholars and tourists each year. Hoi An is considered as a living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle. In 1999, Hoi An Old Town recognized a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Architecture

Hoi An is famous for the beauty of traditional architecture as well the harmony of ancient houses, walls, and roads. Following the up and down of history, the Old Town still retains the ancient features of an ancient and mossy style in each tile roof, brick, etc. The popular color of houses in Hoi An is mainly yellow, which has only one or two floors along with the narrow width and long depth. The house is made of materials with high strength and durability due to the extreme climate features here.

Highlights

Japanese Covered Bridge's Pagoda (Chua Cau): This is the only ancient bridge that well-preserved in Hoi An till now. Located on the West end of Tran Phu Street, the bridge is about 18 meters in length, passing through a small creak of Thu Bon River. The bridge was constructed in the early 1600s by the Japanese community, but after many renovations, it’s hard to find a trace of Japanese architecture on this bridge.

Nowadays, Chua Cau becomes the symbol of Hoi An. You can easily find this iconic in Vietnam's currency

Lantern Street: Lantern Street is a must-go place for every tourist coming to Hoi An. When the sun goes down, the street will awake your sense of sight with beautiful, colorful and charming lanterns. If you want to buy souvenirs for family or friend, then lantern will be an ideal choice for you due to its beauty and affordable price

Cantonese Assembly Hall: one of the most famous historical buildings in Hoi An. It was built in 1885 by Chinese overseas, who came from Guangdong (China). In the early days, this Cantonese Assembly had the purpose to worship Thien Hau Holy Mother, but after 1911, it was dedicated to Quan Cong. The Assembly Hall has an amazing dragon fountain. In the Hall, many ancient vestiges have been preserved. Every year, on the 15th of the first lunar month and the 24th of the sixth lunar month, festivals are held here and attract many visitors.

Museums: there are four museums in Hoi An that you should not skip including Museum of Folk Culture, the Museum of trade ceramic, Museum of Sa Huynh Culture and Hoi An Museum of history and culture.