Hoi An Ancient Town

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Hoi An

In 1999, the peaceful ancient town of Hoi An was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences. It is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port and maritime commercial center. Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural styles of the 17th to 19th centuries, and they include religious buildings such as pagodas and temples.

Hoi An at night
Hoi An at night

 

The cultural heritage is considered to be something of a living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle. Many festivals occur at Hoi An annually, preserving traditional lifestyles, religious ceremonies, customs, and culinary practices. Due to its geographic position, Hoi An was an active international trading port for traffic of merchant ships from Japan, China and the Western world during the 17th and 18th centuries. Archaeological finds and excavations have shown this area to have been an active port and trading center since the Iron Age Sa Huynh people lived in the area, along the Thu Bon River as early as the 2nd century BC. The ancient town is situated on the north bank of Thu Bon River, and continued to operate as an important port of Champa civilization.

Hoi An

The old town in the central province of Quang Nam was voted by UK tourism magazine Wanderlust in early 2013 as the world’s best tourism city. Most of the buildings in Hoi An heritage are carefully preserved and have wowed many foreign visitors thanks to their charm. What is so special about Hoi An is that this little port town is in an incredible state of preservation. It offers some of the most densely-concentrated sights in Viet Nam with its old streets bordered with ancient houses and assembly halls, its pagodas, temples, ancient wells and tombs. In total, more than a thousand places of interest. The architecture of Hoi An is characterised by a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. After many centuries, Hoi An is still respectful of its traditions, folk festivals, beliefs and of its sophisticated culinary art. Set in a quiet environment, Hoi An is surrounded by peaceful villages that have crafts such as carpentry, bronze making, ceramic…

Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An