Hoi An Ancient Town

Lively World Heritage Site

UNESCO: Hoi An Ancient Town
The ancient port on Thu Bone River bank to be vibrant again in 21st Century as the touristy town that still have been maintained its splendid architecture combined influences of people who came to do business and settle in both from East and West uniquely.

Hoi An Town Background
Before the arrival of international traders, Hoi An was the trading city of Champa Kingdom while My Son another UNESCO World Heritage Site was the religious centre for God worship and Singhapura (in the village of modern day Tra Kieu) as capital city. Cham lost the power from central region of Vietnam by Vietnamese troop from the North in the 15th Century.

In the heyday of during 17th-18th Century, this World Heritage Town was once bustling with international traders. A port city that connected domestic markets with the international's from China, Japan and Southeast Asian countries and European countries. Eventually, the glorious town was weaker, due to changes in geography and other factors both locally and abroad and revived from the opening of socialist government. To be said Hoi An had been terminated from the ugly of modern construction in a period of time.

I have studied the characteristic of charming Hoi An ancient townhouses from the Museum of Trading Ceramics. Visitors could buy entrance ticket to visit five of more than ten well preserved old houses, museums and assembly halls in Hoi An ancient town.

Among old houses, museums and assembly halls options, I selected to visit Tran Family Chapel, Tan Ky House, Phung Hung Old House, Museum of Trade Ceramics and Fujian Chinese Assembly Hall.

Tran Family Chapel, Hoi An Heritage House
Tan Ky House, Hoi An Heritage House
Phung Hung House, Hoi An Heritage House
Hoi An Town House at Museum of Trade Ceramics
Fujian Assembly Hall, Hoi An Heritage Building
Hoi An Old House
In brief they were constructed from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese beliefs. Some building in later period were influenced by Colonialism. They have any good idea to build the houses such as courtyards in the middle of the houses, good meaning words decoration and ying-yang tile roofs. Some elements are similar to old houses in China and Japan.

Old houses in Hoi An have to face flooding during monsoon every year. They can adjust their life to live with nature since from the old days to present.

Inside UNESCO World Heritage site, apart from the preserved houses, a few are local people residences. Now most of the town houses are restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, tailor houses and galleries. Don’t let the commercial environment distracts you from the true meaning of Hoi An Ancient Town.

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