Hoi An Travel Guide
Hoi An Overview
The exquisitely preserved merchant town of Hoi An was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The colourful shop houses, pagodas, communal houses and family chapels that line the narrow streets are made almost entirely of wood and date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. This picturesque riverside town, known as Faifo to early western traders, was one of the South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The Old Town is closed to cars making it the perfect place to stroll or explore by bicycle. During the full moon of every month, local shop owners turn off the electricity and hang lanterns bearing their shops' names. A candlelight lantern procession, complete with a few small floats, makes its way through the Old Town and along the riverfront.
Hoi An's Attractions:
Japanese Covered Bridge & Pagoda
This wooden bridge, reminiscent of Japanese architecture, has existed from at least the early seventeenth century. It was built by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Inside is a small temple dedicated to the god of the weather.
Sa Huynh Museum
Inside are assorted fragments and burial jars dating from the early Dong Son civilization of Sa Huynh.
Tran Family Home &Chapel
In 1802, Tran Tu Nhuc built a family home and chapel to worship his ancestors. The exotic house is filled with Chinese antiques, and in the chapel one roof tile has been replaced with transparent glass, allowing a single shaft of light to shine onto the altar in the morning.
Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall
Founded in 1690, it is a showpiece of classical Chinese architecture. The main temple is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and protector of the sailors.
Situated by the river the market contains endless stalls piled high with herbs, spices and fresh fish.
Quan Cong Temple
Built in the early sixteenth century, the main altar is flanked by two huge, imposing wooden statues.
Thu Bon River Cruise
Sail down the river to see the handicraft villages where local people use the same techniques as their forefathers did to produce exquisite wood carvings and beautiful pottery.