Hoi An – a worth-visiting destination in Central Vietnam

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An Ancient Town is among the top tourist attractions in Vietnam. Anywhere in Hoi An is worth visiting; however, you cannot explore every single part of that town just in few days. The following article from hoianreviews.com will list out some Hoi An Tourist Attractions that you should not miss when visiting Hoi An.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An Ancient Town is among the top tourist attractions in Vietnam. Anywhere in Hoi An is worth visiting; however, you cannot explore every single part of that town just in few days. The following article will list out some Hoi An Tourist Attractions that you should not miss when visiting Hoi An.

1. Old House of Tan Ky

Located at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street in the Old Quarter, Tan Ky Old House is an almost perfect instance of residence of the 18th century in Hoi An. Although it is not the oldest house in town, Tan Ky is the most well-preserved one. The details of this house such as the storage area, the outside structure which was made of bricks and tiles and the floor that is covered with Bat Trang bricks still remain unchanged after centuries. 

Tan Ky Old House

Tan Ky Old House, Hoi An (Source: Internet)

Tan Ky Old House represents the cluster of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese culture. Oriental philosophy features are clearly displayed in the house, such as the triple-beam structure, the five-round blocks, and many decorative carvings on the furniture. It is absolutely an ideal place for exploring the cultures of Eastern countries.

2. Chinese Assembly Halls

Another interesting thing to do in Hoi An Vietnam is to visit the Assembly Halls of Chinese people. When they immigrated to Hoi An, they decided to build some Assembly Halls to socialize as well as to preserve their traditions. 

There are totally 5 Chinese Assembly Halls (Fujian, Chaozhou, Hainan, Cantonese, and Chinese). Though not all of them remain the original look, these halls have become popular Hoi An Tourist Attractions.

Fujian Assembly Hall

Fujian Assembly Hall (Source: Internet)

All the Halls follow the same formula: a grand gate, a beautiful garden with ornamental plants, a main hall, and a large altar room. These are decorated with lots of statues, murals, and lacquered boards. However, each Hall worships different gods and each Chinese Community has different beliefs.

3. Japanese Bridge (Chua Cau)

Japanese Bridges are well-known for their spectacular design, and the one in Hoi An is not an exception. It well represents the impact of Japanese culture on Vietnam.

Legend has it that the bridge was constructed to deter the monster called Mamazu, whose head was in India, tail in Thailand and back in Vietnam, from causing earthquakes and natural disasters. In fact, the Japanese commercial community built it in the 16th century to connect with Chinese people on the other side of the river. 

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An by night

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An by night (Source: Internet)

The Japanese Bridge is famous for its unique decoration. Additionally, there is a small temple on the north side of the bridge. Night on the bridge is even more poetic.

With its historical background and beautiful architecture, this is considered a must-visit place for any Hoi An tour.

4. The Tran Family Chapel

Among the top Hoi An attractions stands the Tran Family Chapel – one of the oldest houses in the ancient town.

It was built in the 19th century by Tran Tu Nhac – a highly-respected mandarin under Nguyen Dynasty before he was sent to China as the King’s envoy. The house was originally used as a worshipping place for his family’s ancestors. It is also a reminder about the tradition of his family to the next generations. 

Altar at Tran Family Chapel

Altar at Tran Family Chapel, Hoi An (Source: Internet)

As a typical example of Eastern architecture, the house has a main gate, a big garden surrounded by high walls. There are different parts which serve different purposes in the house: one for worshipping, one for housing the family leader and his guests, and one drawing room.

Members of Tran Family still gather in the house every year to worship their ancestors. It is also a chance to educate the future generations about the traditions of their family.

For those wanting to experience the historical atmosphere of Hoi An, the Tran Family Chapel is absolutely a perfect choice.

5. Thu Bon River

It is a river flowing alongside Hoi An Ancient Town. Travelers can take a boat tour along the river to watch the beautiful scenery and visit some craft villages. 

Thu Bon River at dawn

Thu Bon River at dawn (Source: Internet)

Thu Bon River is incredibly beautiful at dawn and by night. It is a lot of fun to spend your time watching the romantic scenery of the river filled with lanterns by night.

Not only do travelers visit Hoi An to explore the stunning scenery but also to sample Hoi An cuisine, which is renowned for delicious dishes. While traveling around the town, you can drop by some street vendors to try Hoi An specialties such as “Cao Lau”, “Mi Quang”, and “Banh Mi Hoi An”. All these tasty dishes will make your trip even more wonderful.

With its tranquil scenery and historical value, Hoi An Ancient Town would be a great choice for anyone who has strong desires to explore the culture and nature of Eastern nations in general and Vietnam in particular.