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Top unmissable tourist attractions in Hoi An (part 3)

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Think of Hoi An in Central Vietnam and it is likely that visions of ancient temples, small alleyways full of dimly lit historic buildings, hidden cafes, good restaurants, lovely street stalls, and cheap eateries will come to mind, set against an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port. That is exactly what the peaceful town provides — and more! These top unmissable tourist attractions in Hoi An showcase the town’s diverse beauty.

Hoi An’s Old Town

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Hoi An Ancient Town

The poetic Thu Bon River, yellow ancient houses with moss-covered roofs, Chinese style tile-roofed wooden houses, a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese influences, colorful lanterns adorning the streets and hang in between the buildings, are not all part of Hoi An Ancient Town’s vast and diverse charm.

The perfectly secluded preserved Ancient Town and its mystique is sure to whisk you away to a time long before, make it easier to imagine the trading town’s former prosperity and glory, and transport those with a little imagination back in time, to the old countryside society of Vietnam.

Explore Hoi An’s Old Town on foot to feel like stepping into the pages of a storybook– there is no need to worried about getting lost and the photography opportunities are endless! Colorful guildhalls founded by ethnic Chinese from Guangdong and Fujian provinces, pristinely old plain houses standing quietly, old canals, these small houses decorated with lacquered boards, panels engraved with Chinese characters, wooden doors and two round “wooden house’s eyes” above – a testament to the town’s trading roots are what to capture your attention.

Hoi An Ancient Town strikingly brings to life the ancient past while at the same time showcases Central Vietnam’s sophisticated culinary art. You love Vietnamese food and food culture? Don’t miss the street food festival with diverse traditional dishes such as bánh mì, mì Quảng (Quang noodles), and cao lau noodles as well as Vietnamese cooking courses.

With something for everyone, Hoi An Old Town is unavoidable if you are going on your Hoi An group tour for the very first time.

Chaozhou Hall (Trieu Chau Assembly Hall)

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Trieu Chau Assembly Hall

Primarily a congregational hall dedicated to the God of Wind and Big Waves who the power to calm the oceans and protect sailors from the rough South China Sea and now turning into a heaven for any travelers, especially Vietnamese history and culture lovers on their Hoi An tour, the Trieu Chau Assembly Hall is more inviting than the other halls in Hoi An for distinct reasons.

Believed to be built by Chaozhou people (Chinese) living in Hoi An in 1845, Chaozhou Hall, or commonly known as Ong Bon Pagoda, is an excellent sophisticated example of Vietnamese architecture. The Hall’s highlights are a sophisticated carved wooden frame; folk-legend-inspiring motifs; the works embossed with beautiful crockery; wooden patterns and embossed patterns made of porcelain pieces reflecting the ingenious talent of the ancient artists.

Trieu Chau Assembly Hall is best visited on the occasion of Tet Nguyen Tieu (full moon of the first lunar month) when the bless and ancestor worship is celebrated.

  • Location: No 157 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street, Hoi An.

Hoi An Museum of Folklore

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Museum of Folklore

One of the museums with special theme belonging to the Relic Preservation Center of Hoi An, the Museum of Folklore is on everyone’s list amongst the best places to visit on any Hoi An day tour.

The Museum of Folklore built in a typical 150-year-old Chinese trading house showcases the unique artifacts displaying the traditional cultural values as well as a long history of creation and contributions of the people in Hoi An to international friends. For many people, the collection of more than 600 objects with 4 prominent themes, namely folk oratorio art, folk shaping art, traditional folk activities, and traditional villages is a reason to go on a Hoi An group tour.

  • Location: No 33 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province.

The peaceful town in Central Vietnam, with its timeless beauty, buildings and its street plan reflecting the distinct French and local Vietnamese influences, ancient temples has no dearth of some of the best places to visit on any Hoi An group tour.

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