HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN

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HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN

HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN

Founded in the 15th century, Hoi An was home to Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese traders, whose influence remains visible. Hoi An is on top of the list of places to visit in Vietnam. It is famous for its Old Town, its colorful lantern festival and its Quang Nam cuisines... It is a perfect combination of history, architecture, cuisines and beaches (river and sea) for visitors to explore. 

Hoi An was registered by UNESCO in 1999 and became an outdoor museum with unique cultural values. 

LOCATION

Hoi An Old Town is located 30km south of Danang City, and 60km northeast of Tam Ky. Hoi An used to be an international trade center by sea on the east area in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the busiest trading port in Dang Trong region of Vietnam during the reign of Nguyen as merchants from Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Holland...often stopped over to exchange and purchase commodities.

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CLIMATE

The climate in Hoian is rather mild. The annual average temperature is 25.6, the percentage of humidity is 82%, rainfall reaches up to 2066mm and sunshine of 2158 hours.

INTRODUCTION

The town reflects a fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures (principally Chinese and Japanese with later European influences) that combined to produce this unique survival. 

The town comprises a well-preserved complex of 1,107 timber frame buildings, with brick or wooden walls, which include architectural monuments, commercial and domestic vernacular structures, notably an open market and a ferry quay, and religious buildings such as pagodas and family cult houses. The houses are tiled and the wooden components are carved with traditional motifs.  They are arranged side-by-side in tight, unbroken rows along narrow pedestrian streets. There is also the fine wooden Japanese bridge, with a pagoda on it, dating from the 18th century. The original street plan, which developed as the town became a port, remains. It comprises a grid of streets with one axis parallel to the river and the other axis of streets and alleys set at right angles to it. Typically, the buildings front the streets for convenient customer access while the backs of the buildings open to the river allowing easy loading and off-loading of goods from boats.

The surviving wooden structures and street plan are original and intact and together present a traditional townscape of the 17th and 18th centuries, the survival of which is unique in the region. The town continues to this day to be occupied and function as a trading port and centre of commerce. The living heritage reflecting the diverse communities of the indigenous inhabitants of the town, as well as foreigners, has also been preserved and continues to be passed on. Hoi An Ancient Town remains an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Far Eastern port.

SIGHTSEEING SPOTS

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Kim Bong Capentry Village

The carpentry village of Kim Bong belongs to the Cam Kim commune, just on the other side of Hoi An river. Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit Thanh Ha & Kim Bong handicraft Villages. It is very convenient for tourists to visit and collect souvenirs. With the reputation of Kim Bong carpentry, there were many carpenters organized by the King of the Nguyen dynasty in order to build Hue capital. Among them were awarded the nine and eight grades of mandarin positions, chief wooden statue positions etc.

Thanh Nam fishing village

The surviving wooden structures and street plan are original and intact and together present a traditional townscape of the 17th and 18th centuries, the survival of which is unique in the region. The town continues to this day to be occupied and function as a trading port and centre of commerce. The living heritage reflecting the diverse communities of the indigenous inhabitants of the town, as well as foreigners, has also been preserved and continues to be passed on. Hoi An Ancient Town remains an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Far Easter The fishing Village Thanh Nam (also called Con Chai) is shaped by the beautiful Thu Bon River. Fishermen have come here for a long time to cast their nets and catch prawns, crabs and fish. The fishing village is still active nowadays, even with the appearance of modern fishing ships going to far fishing areas in the East Sea. The village is just 3 km away f-rom Hoi An ancient town and it can be accessed by boat and bicycle.

Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Thanh Ha Pottery Village is located by Thu Bon river, Block 5, Thanh Ha ward, about 4 km westward of Hoi An center. This is one of the stops of tourists on their journey f-rom Hoi An ancient town to My Son- the World Heritages.

At Thanh Ha Pottery Village, you will visit a space of traditional occupational village preserved intact in cultural scenery such as: banian tree, dock, communal house, religious monuments and directly enjoy clever, skillful hands of the potters producing high quality utensils. You will also find here folk but attactive gifts.

Tra Que Vegetable Village

Just half a kilometre up the road from the Tomb of Tani Yajirobei is the Tra Que Vegetable Farm, a community of people who grow a wide variety of veggies and herbs in the rich soil at the top of the rice field. And rarely have any rural areas in Vietnam whe-re livelihood is based solely on growing vegetables like this. Since the begining of the XX century and previous, Traque is one of the important stop of many boats circulate along the De Vong river f-rom Hoi An to Da Nang and vise versa .

 

Sources: http://whc.unesco.org/ - Hoian Acient Town

                 http://www.hoianworldheritage.org.vn/ - Hoi An information

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