A must see if you travel to South-East Asia and Vietnam
To visit the old town, as well as the historical buildings in Hoi An, every visitor needs to buy a ticket. The ticket costs 120,000 VND, about USD $6. A large part of the revenue is for the preservation of the UNESCO world cultural heritage and is used for the restoration work.
Included in the ticket price are vouchers for visiting 5 of the 18 sightseeing places. It is worth coming back several times and seeing them all.
We have chosen the following sightseeing places:
- Hoi An Artcraft Manufacturing Workshop
- Hoi Quan Phuoc Kien – Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation
- Toc Tran – Tran Family Chapel
After the sightseeing we go to one of the food stalls along the river.
1. Hoi An Art-craft Manufacturing Workshop
In the front part of the house, the artists of the Hoi An Traditional Art Performance House perform traditional Vietnamese dances twice a day.
Beside the music shows at the Hoi An Art Craft Manufacturing Workshop, you find traditional performances in the Hoi An Traditional Art Performance House every day at 5:30 pm.
In the courtyard and on the first floor you can watch the production of lanterns and other souvenirs.
On the way to the next highlight, we pay a visit to the market hall. Many people make use of the excellent offer and come to have breakfast or lunch here.
2. Hoi Quan Phuoc Kien – Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation
Hoi Quan Phuoc Kien is the magnificent assembly hall of the Chinese Fukien community. It is the largest and most beautiful of the five still existing assembly halls in Hoi An. It was built around 1690 by Chinese traders from the province of Fujian, in the southeast of China.
Inside is a temple to worship Thien Hau, the goddess of the seas and patron saint of sailors and fishermen. The assembly hall was repeatedly expanded and modernized up to the 1970s.
Through a richly ornamented stone gate we reach the inner courtyard with many ornamental plants, statues and a dragon fountain.
Murals and paintings inside show stories from the Fujian mythology and history. Animals play an important role here. Animal motifs can be found on many of the beautiful carvings, sculptures and wall paintings. The dragon symbolizes the power and the turtle is the symbol for a long life.
3. Toc Tran – Tran Family Chapel
The house of the Tran family is one of the most historic buildings in Hoi An.
The Tran family came from China to Vietnam around 1700. The chapel was built at the beginning of the 19th century with donations by the family members as a place for the ancestors. It was built by Tran Tu Nhac, a highly-respected mandarin under the Gia Long reign, before he was sent to China as the King’s envoys.
The architecture is a combination of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese styles. The house and the 1500 m2 garden were designed according to Feng Shui rules.
Even today the members of the Tran family meet once a year. In addition to the memory of the deceased, the children are educated about the Tran-clan’s tradition.
The extensive collections, such as porcelain, coins, etc. are exhibited in the rear rooms and accessible to visitors.
In the streets of Hoi An you always have the opportunity to see people performing handicrafts. Especially interesting is a silk embroidery. The young women concentrate fully on their work.
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