HOI AN OLD TOWN
Hoi An, situated on the north bank of Thu Bon River, is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international maritime commercial center. Archaeological finds and excavations have shown that there was a port and trading center of the local Sa Huynh people along the Thu Bon River as early as the 2nd century BC.
The town is a special example of a traditional trading port in South-East Asia which has been completely and assiduously preserved. It is the only town in Viet Nam that has survived intact in this way. Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural style of the 19th and 20th centuries. They are aligned along narrow lanes of traditional type. They include many religious buildings, such as pagodas, temples, meeting houses, etc., which relate to the development of a port community. The traditional lifestyle, religion, customs and cooking have been preserved and many festivals still take place annually.
Since Hoi An is an old Town, its places of interest are of full historically classical meaning and image. Hoi An symbol – the most popular remnant is the Japanese Covered Bridge on the west end of Tran Phu Street. The bridge was constructed in the early 1600's by the Japanese community. Tourists should spend time on visiting Quan Cong Temple, Museum of Culture… Many ancient style – oriented architects come here to have a direct look into the ancient houses of the town, among which are Phung Hung House, just west of the Japanese Bridge, Quan Thang House, or Tan Ky House. The design of the houses show how local architecture incorporated Japanese and Chinese influences. Cantonese Assembly Hall, has a calm courtyard with ornate statuary. You could take a peek at the half-hidden back yard and its kitschy pastel dragon statues. Fujian Meeting Hall and Chinese All-Community Meeting Hall are also spanning the block. If you are Buddhist, there are a lot of pagodas to visit. Ong Pagoda, Quan Am Phat Tu Minh Huong Pagoda, etc. are premium places to get in.
Today, Hoi An is also known as a shopping paradise that attracts tourists towards its wonderful souvenirs, handicrafts, antique pieces, silk materials and art paintings, and so on.
A Hoi An with colorful lantern nights, a Hoi An with old plain houses and special mysterious cultural elements, and a Hoi An with the etiquette & culturally hospitable and friendly people are warmly welcoming you! Are you ready to take a culture discovery journey?
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