Hoi An Ancient Town – Shimmering Gem of World Cultural Heritage

The moments of getting lost in the ancient town of Hoi An truly bring relaxation and peace to our souls. Not only containing many long-standing cultural values, Hoi An is also one of the most attractive destinations in the world, always in the TOP of ancient cities or tourist destinations popular with domestic tourists and international friends. I hope to visit once in my life. Are you curious to know where Hoi An ancient town is located and what interesting things make Hoi An – From Heritage City to Creative City waiting for you to discover?

“Anh muốn kể Lai Viễn Kiều Hội phố
Đón đợi người sang nghiêng bóng sông chiều
Mái gỗ cầu cong sơn son chạm trổ
Mấy trăm năm rồi ngói vẫn ấm màu rêu”

“I want to tell about Lai Vien Kieu Hoi Pho
Waiting for people to shine in the afternoon river
The curved wooden roof is lacquered and carved
Hundreds of years later, the tiles are still warm and mossy.”

A few lines of poetry to show that Hoi An Ancient Town has been kept almost intact with more than 1,000 architectural relics from streets, houses, assembly halls, communal houses, pagodas, shrines, clan temples, ancient wells… to Traditional dishes, the soul of the people here. Hoi An Ancient Town always captivates tourists with its timeless beauty in an extremely rustic and simple way.


Figure 1. Ancient architectural houses in Hoi An

Which province does Hoi An ancient town belong to?

Hoi An city is divided into two main areas: Hoi An ancient town and the rest. Hoi An Ancient Town is known as an ancient urban area located downstream of Thu Bon River, in the delta of Quang Nam province. Hoi An ancient town is about 30km south of Da Nang city center, about an hour by car. In terms of location, the old town is located in Minh An ward with an area of ​​about 2km². Hoi An ancient town is located on main roads close to the river bank such as Bach Dang, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Phan Chau Trinh, Tran Hung Dao, Tran Phu, Le Loi,…



Figure 2. Administrative map of Quang Nam province

The mainland part of the city has an area of ​​46.22 km2 (accounting for 74.9% of the total natural area of ​​the city), shaped almost like an isosceles trapezoid, the base is the South bordering Duy Xuyen district with the border The common border is Thu Bon River, the West and North border Dien Ban district, the East borders the sea with a 7 km long coastline. The core of Hoi An urban center is Minh An, Son Phong, Cam Pho wards; including the Old Quarter, about 5km2 wide, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage (December 4, 1999).

Hoi An is a city with both sea and island, so it possesses rich natural landscapes, bringing great potential for tourism and economic development. Hoi An city is the focus of the driving force cluster in the North of the Eastern region of Quang Nam province, with a close relationship with Da Nang city – both the largest urban area in the Central region and one of the major economic centers. of the whole country.

Hoi An is a concrete testament to the cultural interference through the ages at an international port. And also an example of a well-preserved ancient Asian port town.


Figure 3. Busy Hoi An trading port (in the past)

Why does Hoi An Ancient Town always attract tourists, especially international tourists?

Ancient architecture, taciturn over time

The difference in Hoi An is the nostalgic beauty expressed in each architecture. Life is increasingly developing, but Hoi An still retains its ancient beauty with nostalgic yellow tubular houses, mossy tiled roofs, and old moldy gray walls. Hoi An’s streets are distributed horizontally and vertically in a chessboard style with short, small and long streets, zigzag, hugging each row of houses. Everything reminds of a lost time, with simple, rustic features, close to the soul of the people of Quang.


Figure 4. Streets in Hoi An Ancient Town

The nostalgia of the old town is most fully expressed through the image of Covered Bridge – a timeless symbol of Hoi An, with long-standing ancient buildings such as the ancient houses of Quan Thang, Tan Ky, Duc An, etc. .. through association halls from Chaozhou, Fujian, Guangdong, . .. Coming to Hoi An, visitors can visit a rooftop cafe to see the whole old town wrapped in the colors of nostalgia.

City of lanterns

Hoi An has always been known as the city of colorful lanterns. Throughout the streets, the electric lights seemed to be overshadowed by the splendor of the lanterns. It is known that hundreds of years ago, when Hoi An was still a busy Faifo trading port – where Japanese and Chinese merchants came to trade and establish businesses, they brought lanterns. These merchants hang lanterns in front of their houses as a way of remembering their homeland. Gradually, Hoi An people learned how to make lanterns to decorate their homes and later to sell. Thanks to that, lantern making has become a unique cultural feature of Hoi An.

In particular, in the evening, the old town turns into a miniature Venice in the heart of Hoi An, making visitors feel lost in a magical light festival. The yellow lights creeping throughout the streets, the bustling stream of people in the alleys, all create a bustling but nostalgic beauty, typical of Hoi An ancient town.

With a history of more than 400 years, this neighborhood stands out with its typical tile-roofed houses, yellow walls and colorful lanterns that light up every sunset, completely different from the bustle and noise. of many other tourist destinations, carrying within itself an ancient and peaceful beauty that easily captivates people’s hearts.


Figure 5. Lanterns everywhere in Hoi An

Hoi An Covered Bridge – Symbol of Hoi An ancient town

Covered Bridge is located in Hoi An ancient town area, on Tran Phu street. Covered Bridge is also known as Japanese Bridge or Lai Vien Kieu Bridge. Covered Bridge was built in the 17th century by a number of Japanese merchants who contributed money together, so it is called Japanese pagoda. According to ancient legend, this place is associated with the monster Namazu, a monster with its head located in India, its body located in Vietnam and its tail located in Japan. Every time the Namazu monster moves, natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods often occur. Therefore, Japanese merchants gathered together and built the Covered Bridge, which is a sword stabbed into the back of the monster Namazu to say not to move, to swing its tail to cause chaos in human life so that the three countries can always be at peace. peace, prosperous development.

Figure 6. Covered Bridge in Hoi An

Currently, Covered Bridge is being majorly restored and repaired, the project will start construction on December 28, 2022. The relic was renovated in an “open surgery” form, not closed. During the renovation process, visitors can still visit the Covered Bridge.

Many traditional craft villages – Places that preserve long-standing cultural traditions

Traditional craft villages have created the timeless appeal of Hoi An. These are also places worth visiting that attract many tourists. When coming here, besides immersing yourself in the old atmosphere and exploring unique craft villages, visitors can also bring home unique souvenirs. Some famous traditional craft villages of Hoi An are: Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Kim Bong Carpentry Village, Hoi An Silk Village, Paper Flower Craft Village, Hoi An Tra Que Vegetable Village, Ban Thach Mat Village, Casting Village Phuoc Kieu Dong, …


Figure 7. Traditional craft villages in Hoi An

Unique and diverse cuisine

What must be mentioned when talking about Hoi An is perhaps the typical cuisine of this land. Not only is it loved by local people, but the deliciousness of each specialty here has been praised by the whole world. Hoi An possesses countless famous specialties, just talking about it makes people cry such as: Cao Lau, Quang noodles, scorched rice, stir-fried mussels, corn sweet soup, banh dap, noodles,… There are names. has become a symbol of Hoi An cuisine, resonating globally. To enjoy the unique flavor that will fascinate you with the blend of many flavors, immediately refer to famous specialty restaurants in Hoi An to help you have more choices and experiences.


Figure 8. Some Hoi An specialties

Another special thing, once you travel to Hoi An, you must definitely go to a cafe. Because Hoi An is home to countless cafes with strange styles but designed in the style of the old town, it is a “virtual living paradise” for check-in believers.

Located on an easy-to-travel route to other heritage sites in Central Vietnam

It can be said that Hoi An possesses an extremely prime location, surrounded by countless famous landscapes. In just a few dozen minutes of driving, you will be lost in the magical architectural world of My Son Sanctuary – a complex honored by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. Or, in contrast to Da Nang, it is the most worth living place in Vietnam. Or go towards Tam Ky, Nui Thanh, you can also immerse yourself in the cool atmosphere of Phu Ninh Lake, Tam Hai coconut island or the unique Bich Hoa Tam Thanh village. Hoi An deserves to be the capital of the most attractive destinations in the country.

A number of titles help Hoi An ancient town reach the world and become an international class

  • World Cultural Heritage – UNESCO recognized Hoi An ancient town as a World Cultural Heritage. This is a title that recognizes the unique historical, cultural and architectural values ​​of Hoi An, attracting the attention of international tourists and raising the city’s position on the world tourism map.
  • UNESCO Creative City – In 2019, Hoi An was honored to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This title recognizes Hoi An’s efforts in developing creative industries, preserving cultural heritage and promoting sustainable development.
  • Top 10 most romantic cities in the world voted by Travel + Leisure.
  • Top 15 most wonderful cities in the world voted by Travel + Leisure.
  • Asia’s leading cultural urban destination voted by World Travel Awards.
  • Top most popular destinations in Asia.
  • The world’s most beautiful real-life show: Hoi An Memories – a real-life show recreating the history and culture of Hoi An ancient town – has been honored as the most beautiful real-life show in the world. This show contributes to promoting Hoi An’s image to international tourists and attracting tourists to the city.
  • In 2024, Hoi An Ancient Town (Quang Nam, Vietnam) was honored to top the list of the safest solo travel destinations in the world compiled by the American website Smoky Mountains.

To understand and feel more truly the beauty of Hoi An ancient town, explore the history, culture and people of Hoi An, plan and take a trip to Hoi An to be able to  feel Directly the rows of ancient houses or the quiet Thu Bon river and the architecture with quiet  beauty over time here.

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