Hoi An Ancient Town is a famous city of Quang Nam province, an old town that remains almost intact with more than 1000 architectural monuments from streets, houses, assembly halls, communal houses, pagodas, shrines, ethnic churches, ancient wells… to the traditional dishes, the soul of the people here. Visiting Hoi An will captivate visitors with its timeless beauty, extremely rustic and idyllic.
“I want to tell Lai Vien Kieu Hoi town
Waiting for people to turn to the shadow of the river in the afternoon
The curved wooden roof of the bridge is painted and carved
Hundreds of years have passed, the tile is still warm and mossy color.”
When traveling to Hoi An, visitors should choose the time around February – April every year because that is when it pleases tourists the most. There is little rain, no strong sunny like in the summer, pleasant climate, open space. At this time, visitors can freely visit the beautiful scenes or discover new activities and places to fully feel the beauty of Hoi An. Remember to book your hotel room early to avoid running out of rooms.
Traditional architecture Hoi An is famous for its traditional and harmonious architectural beauty of houses, walls, and roads. Along with many ups and downs of history, the ancient town still retains the ancient beauty of silence and moss in each tile roof, brick, tree, etc., like the authenticity of the local people.
The most common type of housing is the one or two-floor tubular house with a narrow width and a very long depth. The house is made from materials with high strength and durability due to the harsh climate here. The two sides have separate brick walls and wooden frames, divided into three compartments with a path in the middle. Each house ensures the harmony between living space and nature. Each house has a courtyard that is paved with stones and decorated with water tanks, rockeries, and ornamental plants, creating an overall beauty.
With unique architecture, the house space is always airy, full of sunlight, people and nature, which are one. These things bring a comfortable and free life to the locals and the enjoyment of tourists during their Hoi An travel trip.
Streets are arranged horizontally along with a chessboard style with short and beautiful streets, winding, embracing houses. Walking through each of those small and peaceful streets, visitors can not only enjoy delicious food but also see a part of the daily life of the people of Hoi An, a peaceful and simple life.
The complex of Hoi An architectural monument is very rich and beautiful. This place has been and will always be a place to attract domestic and foreign tourists to visit, explore and fully enjoy their vacation when visiting. Traveling to Hoi An, visitors will realize that time seems to have stopped here in each of the yin and yang tiled roofs covered with moss, the old moldy gray walls, preserved from the past and exist to this day.
It would be a mistake if you travel to Quang Nam without visiting the “symbol of Hoi An” – Bridge Pagoda. This place also has another name, Japanese Temple is located adjacent to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and Tran Phu Street. This unique architectural work is also printed on the VND 20,000 polymer banknote of our country!
Curved Bridge Pagoda, made of wooden planks, crosses the creek leading to Hoai River. The bridge is 18 meters long with a roof covered with yin and yang tiles, facing the Thu Bon river. The special thing is that even though it was built by the Japanese, the Bridge pagoda has bold Vietnamese architecture.
Above the main door, there are three Chinese characters embossed with Lai Vien Kieu, which means the bridge of friends from far away. This place was regularly visited by Japanese merchants around the middle of the 16th century. Above the bridge there is a small temple under the North Emperor Tran Vu, specializing in controlling storms and floods, bringing happiness to people. At the two beginnings of the bridge, there is a group of monkeys and dogs sitting in adoration.
Through years of time and restoration times, Bridge Pagoda is still a unique, beautiful architectural in Vietnamese style. This is an invaluable asset and is officially chosen as the symbol of Hoi An.
Besides, to better understand the life and culture of Hoi An people, visitors should visit some famous ancient houses, spiritual and social works such as Quan Thang, Duc An, Tan Ky ancient houses or some assembly halls such as Fujian, Trieu Chau, Cantonese. These are beautiful places that help visitors experience the typical cultural space of Hoi An town.
The Tan Ky ancient house is an old house honored to become a National Heritage and the only place to welcome Heads of State and politicians at domestics and foreigners. The old house is a combination of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture. With the typical tubular architecture of the ancient city, this place consists of two horizontal bars that overlap each other, representing nature – humans and 5 vertical bars representing the five elements. The harmonious architecture of the house means the dream of harmony between humans and nature in Hoi An town. In addition, you can choose hotels near Hoi An ancient town to easier and more convenient travel.
Quan Thang ancient house is also one of the most beautiful ancient houses in Hoi An today. The delicate, lively architecture and sculptures are made by the artisans of Kim Bong carpentry village in the style of the Hoa Ha region, China. Over time, the old house still exists as if defying time, helping today’s generation imagine the life of the merchant class in Hoi An in the past.
Hoi An specialties
During a trip to Hoi An, visitors can freely choose snacks from countless shops and street vendors. If you want to enjoy the best corn soup, pound cake, fried mussels in Hoi An, you should go to Ba Gia pound cake shop, located on the sidewalk on Tran Phu street.
Visitors can also try delicious food in Hoi An, famous as Quang noodles. It appears at many places along with the old town such as Mrs. Minh’s restaurant, in Hoi An market, or at the beginning of Tran Phu street. In addition, Cao Lau is also considered a dish worth trying when traveling to Hoi An with golden color, lumpy eating and a little delicious broth, herbs, crispy fried fat will make many diners satisfied.
The main dishes such as Ba Buoi and Ms. Nga chicken rice , Phuong or Madame Khanh bread with full meat, sausage, pate, raw vegetables, and aromatic sauce will make you “nod” with Hoi An’s real kettle.
Lanterns are also considered a “specialty” not to be missed when traveling in Hoi An. Visitors can easily see lanterns of all colors and shapes around the streets and houses. On the full moon day of every month, there is a different Hoi An in the eyes of tourists – a splendid Hoi An with the light of lanterns.
Walking along Hoai River or sitting in the middle of a small boat, rowing to the middle of the river, gently releasing each lantern, watching the rows of lanterns shimmering on the banks and praying for peace is an experience visitors should do during a tour in Hoi An. The magical light of lanterns and lanterns adds to the beauty of Hoi An in the eyes of tourists, becoming a feature, a spiritual dish of visitors when coming here.
Hoi An Ancient Town still has its own beauty in every street corner, roof, and small street. Coming here, visitors can feel the warmth in each dish, from the friendly and close smiles of the people. Even for plants, the space here is also attractive to visitors. Walking on each small street, you seem to find yourself in the old days, the beautiful memories of childhood in this strange and dear land.