Within the scope is not too large, Hoi An ancient town enchants tourists with many famous places and beautiful architectures remarking the prosperous trading port.
Hoi An – an ancient town of Quang Nam province – is recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Hoi An was one of the busiest commercial ports in Vietnam, where merchants from many countries came to trade as Japan, China, Portugal and Italy. Indeed, the architectural style of many houses and temples here have shown the impact of many other countries such as Japan, China, England and France.
In the streets, tourists will find that most of the shops are selling and sewing clothes and souvenirs. Walking around and stop to enjoy special dishes such as: Cao Lau, chicken rice, dumplings, cakes cauldron, corn sweet soup and watch other people walking are very interesting.
This longtime trading port city offers a distinctive regional cuisine that blends centuries of cultural influences from East and Southeast Asia. Hoi An hosts a number of cooking classes where tourists can learn to make “cao lau” or braised spiced pork noodle, a signature dish of the city. This culinary experience has become an increasingly popular activity for visitors
Hoi An Ancient Town has retained its original form and function as an outstanding example of a well-preserved traditional South East Asian trading port and commercial centre. It remains complete as a homogenous complex of traditional wooden buildings, with the original organically developed street plan, within the town’s original river/seacoast setting.
These original cultural and historic features demonstrate the town’s outstanding universal value and are present, well-preserved, and evident within the boundary of the inscribed property, even while it continues to be occupied and function as a trading port, as well as a popular tourism destination. As a result of this economic stagnation since the 19th century, it has not suffered from development and there has not been pressure to replace the older wooden buildings with new ones in modern materials. This has ensured that the town has retained its traditional urban tissue and is preserved in a remarkably intact state.
In addition, Hoi An aqncient town is also the convergence of ancient architectures with unique architectural style which is hard to find out around the world.
Fujian (Phuc Kien) Assembly Hall is a small temple worship dedicated to the deity named Thien Hau Thanh Mau – the goddess of sea who protects sailors from danger. Through much restoration, Fujian (Phuc Kien) Assembly Hall became more brilliant, spacious and contributed to the architecture of Hoi An.
The Trieu Chau Assembly Hall (Chaozhou Hall) was said to build by Chinese merchants in 1845. The building of Trieu Chau Assembly Hall is a great example of Vietnamese architecture, where people worship the god General Phuc Ba. It is considered that he is a god with the power to calm the oceans and protects sailors from the rough South China Sea. The most outstanding features of the house are a sophisticated carved wooden frame, decorative designs, beautiful wooden patterns and embossed patterns made of porcelain pieces. Visiting Trieu Chau Hall in Hoi An is going to a beautiful place, which is a unique combination of both culture and tradition of Vietnam.
Quang Dong assembly hall also known as Quang Trieu assembly hall was built in 1885, initially to worship Mazu and Confucius, after 1911 moved to worship Guan Gong and ancestors. Quang Dong assembly hall looks stately, with the harmonious use of wood, stone in bearing structure and ornate motifs. Every year, on January 15 Lunar, Nguyen Tieu festival and ancestor worship are held in Quang Dong assembly hall, with the traditional ceremony, partying, and happy new year. In addition, on June 24 Lunar, this place will hold Guan Gong festival with a lot of locals and tourists to attend.
Tran family Chapel was built in 1802, the house and the garden were built in harmony following strictly the rules of Feng Shui, located on an area of 1,500 m2. Made of precious wood and pan-tiles-covered roof, the house has become well-known for its Asian style of architecture.
Museum of History – Culture was established in 1989, showcasing 212 original artifacts and valuable material ceramic, bronze and iron, paper, wood … reflecting the stages of urban development – Hoi An Trade Port from Sa Huynh culture (2nd century AD) to the Cham culture (from the 2nd century to the 15th century) and Vietnam -Dai Nam culture (from the 15th century to world 19th century).
Hoi An Handicraft Workshop gathered most of the traditional handicrafts of Hoi An and Quang Nam as mat weaving, textiles, pottery, lacquer … Visiting the workshop, visitors will witness skillful hands of artisans, creating cosmetic and unique products. Visitors can take part in manufacturing process of the job and buy a few products for souvenirs.
People in Hoi An are extremely warm and open. In particular, people here follow the principle: never argue in front of tourists, let alone argue with tourists. Hoi An ancient town may be the only place where there is not any vices (drugs, prostitution) in the world. Come to Hoi An, visitors are not afraid of losing because people in Hoi An do not get anything from others. But if Visitors visit Hoi An ancient town on festive occasions, visitors should be careful because crooks can infiltrate from elsewhere.
Women travelers can be very satisfied with “ao dai” sewed in Hoi An with ingeniousness and high speed. If travelers have urgent need to leave Hoi An on day, travelers just tell the tailors, the shop will immediately stop other things and focus only om sewing the cloth, with many attempts to ensure all clothing details are perfect, particularly wage rates are not increased. Before leaving the ancient town, travelers had got a nice shirt and good memories.
At night, travelers will have time sightseeing on lantern streets with colorful and designed lantern , admire the ancient beauty beside quiet Hoai River.