Hoian is located in Quang Nam Province which is in central Vietnam. Hoian Ancient Town, especially, has been noted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Nowadays, Hoian still keeps the old architecture and traditional culture from the 15th to the 19th century in ancient pagodas and assembly halls. Those places are one of the specialties of Hoian and also play an important role to perfect Hoian day tours.
Cau Pagoda (Japanese Covered Bridge)
Hoian has many ancient pagodas and assembly halls
Cau Pagoda is like a shiny ruby inside Hoian. This bridge was built at the end of the 16th century and was called Japanese Bridge. In the middle of the bridge was a small temple that was used for worshipping Huyen Thien Dai De. It also has a unique roof with the structure and decoration pattern that shows the harmonious combination between Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese style of architecture and Western style. This place is one of the Hoian’s tourist attractions.
Cau Pagoda brightens like a shiny ruby inside Hoian
- Position: between Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and Tran Phu Street
Trieu Chau Assembly Hall
This assembly hall was built by Trieu Chau Chinese people in 1845 to worship Ma Vien (General Phuc Ba) – the god who can dominate the storm to help transportation and business on sea be more smooth and successful. This place also has the special value with architectural structure. In details, it has the sophisticated wooden frame, wooden decorative patterns, and wooden incense-table. In addition, there are many beautiful works that were made of glazed terra-cotta.
- Address: 92B, Nguyen Duy Hieu Street
Ong Pagoda is also called Quan Cong Temple. Minh Huong people built this place to worship the talented general Quan Van Truong (Quan Vu). This pagoda was made of refined brick with a traditional green pottery proof as well as many dragon patterns, which makes this pagoda bright and colorful with red, yellow and green. Nowadays, Ong Pagoda attracts many visitors with two festivals every year on January 13th and June 24th of the lunar calendar. These festivals are so interesting that you should not miss them on your Hoian group tour.
- Address: 24, Tran Phu Street
Quang Dong Assembly Hall
Quang Dong Assembly Hall was built by Quang Dong Chinese people in 1885. In the beginning, this place was used for worshipping Thien Hau Thanh Mau and Khong Tu. But since 1911, they have switched to worship Quan Cong and Tien Hien of Quang Dong group. The suitable use of the wooden and stoned material in the foundation structure and decorative details bring the ancient and impressive appearance to Quang Dong Assembly Hall. On Nguyen Tieu day every year (June 24 of the lunar calendar), local people usually organize an impressive festival that attracts many visitors on their Hoian day tours.
- Address: 176, Tran Phu Street.
The architectural structure inside Quang Dong Assembly Hall
Duong Thuong Assembly Hall
Duong Thuong Assembly Hall (or Ngu Quan Assembly Hall or Trung Hoa Assembly Hall) was built in 1741 by the businessman from five group: Phuc Kien, Trieu Chau, Quang Dong, Hai Nam, Gia Ung. This assembly hall not only is a place to worship Thieu Hau Ngu Bang but also is a place where Chinese compatriots use to gather.
Moreover, this place still keeps the Chinese’s style of architecture. Although being fixed and developed many times, it basically can keep the original architecture in the past. Duong Thuong Assembly Hall is also used to worship Thien Ly Nhan god, Thuan Phong Nhu and many special ship models that were used for trading.
- Address: 64, Tran Phu Street
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
Before being an assembly hall, it was a small temple with the statue of Thien Hau Thanh Mau (who blesses the businessman with the favorable sea condition) that was found at the Hoian’s seashore in 1697. After being developed several times with the main contribution of Phuc Kien Chinese people, this assembly hall is even more brilliant and beautiful and it is a memorable old architecture in Hoian Ancient Town.
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall has a memorable ancient architecture
- Address: 46, Tran Phu Street.
Hoian is always ancient and beautiful in every month of the year. But an ideal time to visit this ancient town is on the fifteenth day of the lunar month. In this time, all the light will be turned off and the ancient town will be lighted up by many colorful lanterns. In addition, the streets and both Hoai river sides will be more interesting and lively thanks to the harmonious melody of traditional songs, traditional folk games, and cultural cuisine. Those things will absolutely brighten your Hoian culture tour.