hoian city guide


+ Hoi An

From the 16th to the 18th century, Hoi An was Vietnam's most important port and trading post, particularly in ceramics. Today, it is a quaint old town (844 structures have been designated as historical landmarks) still showing the influences of the Chinese and Japanese traders who passed through and settled here. Moreover, it's small enough to cover easily on foot. Wander through the historic homes and temples on a quiet Saturday afternoon, stop to lounge in an open-air cafe, gaze at the endless oddities and exotic foods in the market or take a sampan ride down the lazy river. In the afternoons when school is out, the streets throng with skipping children in spotless white shirts.




+ Chua Cau - The Japanese Covered Bridge

The Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoian, Vietnam Conecting Tran Phu St. with Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St., Japanese Covered bridge was constructed in the middle of the 16th century by Japanese merchants in Hoi An. Due to natural disaster, Japanese Covered bridge was restored so many times that it gradually lost its original Japanese architecture style and was impacted by Vietnamese and Chinese design. The bridge was provided with a roof which was arched shape and skilfully carved with many fine patterns. Over the door, 3 Chinese characters Lai Van Kieu (it means Bridge for Passers-by From Afar) were carved prominently to name the bridge by Nguyen Phuc Chu Lord in his trip to Hoi An in 1719. The two entrances to the bridge are guarded by a pair of monkeys on one side and a pair of dogs on the other. According to legend, these once lived an enormous monster called Cu whose head was in India, its tail in Japan and its body in Vietnam. Whenever the monster moved, terrible disaster such as floods and earthquake befell these places. Thus, aprat from the purpose of transportation, building the bridge aslo is to speak-killing the monster to preserve safe and peaceful life. Japanese Covered Bridge is an invaluable property and has been officially selected to be the symbol of Hoi An.



+ Phuc Kien Assembly Hall

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Hoian, Vietnam It is said that Phuc Kien Assembly hall was once a small temple where Thien Hau Thanh Mau statue (a goddess who protects merchants sailing in the sea) was worshiped. It was picked up on the beach of Hoi An in 1697. Due to restorations and support of the Fukien people, the Assembly hall became resplendent and spacious taking part in the embellishment of Hoi An architecture. Arranging the statues for worshiping means human happiness profoundly expess the oriental philosophy. Annually, on the 15th of January lunar year, 16th of February lunar year and 23th of March lunar year many activities are organized, attracting a lot of foreigners as well as domestic tourists. On 17th of February 1990 Fukien was listed a national historical vestige.



+ Tan Ky Old House

Tan Ky Old House, Hoian, Vietnam Built about 200 years ago, Tan Ky's architecture style is piped shape - a typical style of Hoi An ancient houses. Its interior is divided into many apartments and each one has its own function. The front of the house is used for stores and the back of the house near the river was the place for import and export goods. The interior decoration item was made of unique wood skilfully carved with symbols of dragon, fruits, eight weapons, silk fillets showing well-off of its owners. On 17th February 1990 Tan Ky house was listed as a national historical vestige.



+ Hoian House of Handicraft

Hoian House of Handicraft The house gathers most of traditional handicraft villages from Hoian and Quang Nam such as sleeping mat weaving, textile, pottery, lacquer... This is a more than 200 years old house that was owned by a very famous Chinese merchant named Phi Yen. Visitor could find here a very peaceful atmosphere of a Vietnamese traditional village; see with your eyes the skilful hands of the experts who make excellent products. Especially, visitor can join into some steps in the manufacturing process and buy some products as your souvenir.
Further, you have chance to enjoy traditional art shows that are from Quang Nam and Central provinces at 10 am and 15 daily, except Sunday.



+ Museum of Sa Huynh Culture

Museum of Sa Huynh Culture, Hoian, Vietnam The museum supplies a plenty of information about ancient people of Sa Huynh civilisation who were the first owners of Hoi An trading port, having exchanging relationship with China, India, and South East Asia. About 216 objects which are some 2000 years old of Sa Huynh civilisation are exhibited. These items are found through explorations and excavations of archaeological sites in such the places as Hau Xa, Thanh Chiem, An Bang, Xuan Lam from 1989 to 1994. The artifacts at the museum are evaluated as the most unique collection of Sa Huynh civilisation in Viet Nam



+ Quang Trieu Assembly Hall

Quang Trieu Assembly Hall, Hoian, Vietnam The Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall was built in 1885 by Chinese Cantonese merchants in Hoi An to worship deities and to use



+ Quan Thang Old House

Quan Thang Old House, Hoian, Vietnam Quan Thang is, currently, evaluated as one of the nicest ancient houses in Hoi An. It is an over 150 year old house with architecture style of Hoa Ha, China. Through years, the syle as well as interior decoration of the house has been lovingly preserved. That helps us partly imagine the lifestyle of its owner generations who were the merchants class in Hoi An earlier. It is known that the whole of lively and fine architecture and sculptures were made by craftmen of Kim Bong carpentry village. This is a main spot in the journey of discovery the world cultural heritage in Hoi An.



+ Tran Family Worship House

Tran Family Worship House, Hoian, Vietnam Founded in 1802 by Tran mandarin (a large family emigrating from China to Hoi An in 1700s) built in 1802 in accordance with the traditional science of winds and waters of Chinese and Vietnamese. Located on the area of 1500m2, Tran family temple consits of many sections such as temple of ancestor worship and display of relics relating to family, house... This is the place where descendants get together, worshipping, and solving affairs in their lineage. Tran family temple is one of the place attracting attention and interest from visitors.



+ Trieu Chau Assembly Hall

Trieu Chau Assembly Hall, Hoian, Vietnam Trieu Chau Assembly hall was built in 1845. The General Phuc Ba, who was claimed to be able to make winds calm and waves quiet, was worshipped there. The house possesses a special value in architecture with its skilfully carved wood house-frame and wooden decorated alter and many glazed terracotta carving works.



+ Phung Hung Old House

Phung Hung Old House, Hoian, Vietnam Over 100 years old, Phung Hung house possessed a unique architecture. The high wooden ceiling and large corridors represent the development of architecture and exchange among Asian architectural styles in Hoi An in the earlier centuries. The house exhibits a lot of information about the lifestyle of merchants who lived in Hoi An long time ago. Although being made from unique woods, Phung Hung house was not carved at all by the owner on purpose. On the 29th of June 1993 the house was listed as a national historical vestige.



+ Quan Cong Temple

Quan Cong Temple, Hoian, Vietnam This temple was built in the middle of the 17th century to worship Quan Cong, the most famous general of the Three States era in Chinese history, who is the resplendent symbol of morality: faith, loyalty, frankness and righteousness.



+ Hoian non-vehicle noise

Hoian street Successfully started on 24 July 2004, this program is being continued on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday weekly.
On these day, everyone, especially tourists could enjoy walking on the quiet streets or visit the Hoian ancient town without any trouble caused by vehicle noise from motobikes. In stead, the smooth music from the ancient tile roofs of the town would make you relaxed and your trip more enjoyable.



+ Hoian Fullmoon Night

Hoian street This falls on lunar 14 every month - the day of the full moon. At night, Hoi An looks like a great stage, fanciful and briliant with colorful lanterns. Hoi An people wearing ancient clothes become actors in reciting poems, playing mah-jong and chess together. These activities relive the beautiful atmosphere of an ancient port with rural pleasures in traditional festivals.
From 6.00 p.m till midnight, the whole ancient town are quite, and no vehicles. Both travellers and regional people, Vietnamese and foreigners go for a walk together in the cosy atmosphere with unforgetable memories.