Hoi An’s Past – TOP 10+ Unique Historical Sites You Can’t Miss

Hoi An Ancient Town, in Quang Nam province, located in Central Vietnam, is an ancient city with more than a hundred years of history. It is one of Vietnam’s oldest cities, famous for its ancient beauty and unique historical relics. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage, Hoi An Ancient Town not only attracts tourists by its sparkling lantern streets or famous culinary specialties but also by its architectural works of historical value. profound history and culture. In this article, we will explore Hoi An historical sites and learn about the stories behind each building.

Hoi An Covered Bridge – A place associated with thrilling legends

Covered Bridge, also known as Lai Vien Kieu or Japanese Bridge, is a unique wooden bridge spanning Thu Bon canal in Hoi An ancient town, a symbol of Hoi An ancient town. The bridge was built in the early 17th century by Japanese merchants. With unique and sophisticated architecture, Covered Bridge is a combination of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese architecture. The Covered Bridge has a curved roof, on both sides are exquisitely carved wooden animal statues, and in the middle of the bridge is a temple worshiping Northern Emperor Tran Vo. Covered Bridge is not only a unique architectural work but also a place to preserve many cultural and historical values ​​of Hoi An. Japanese merchants see the Covered Bridge as a sword stabbed into the back of the monster Namazu to say not to move, to swing its tail, causing chaos in human life to the three countries (Japan – Vietnam – India) peaceful, prosperous development. This bridge has witnessed many ups and downs in the history of the old town and is still the pride of local people.


Figure 1. Hoi An Covered Bridge – A symbol of Hoi An ancient town

Some other interesting information about the bridge pagoda:

  • The bridge pagoda was built in the Northwest – Southeast direction, 18 meters long, 5 meters wide, 3.5 meters high.
  • The roof of the Covered Bridge is covered with yin and yang tiles, on both sides are exquisitely carved wooden animal statues, including: unicorns, pigs, tigers, turtles, unicorns,…
  • In the middle of the bridge is a temple worshiping Bac De Tran Vo, the god considered the ruler of the water and protecting people from floods.
  • On full moon nights, Covered Bridge is sparklingly lit by lanterns, creating an extremely magical and romantic scene.
  • Covered Bridge is where many couples choose to take wedding and souvenir photos in Hoi An.
  • Covered Bridge is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in Vietnam and a symbol of Hoi An.

Currently, Covered Bridge is still in the process of restoration and repair.


Figure 2. The current Covered Bridge (2024) is being restored and repaired

Tan Ky Ancient House – a sightseeing destination not to be missed

Tan Ky ancient house, built in the late 18th century, is one of the typical ancient houses of Hoi An. The house was built by Chinese merchants and was the home of many generations of the Le family. Tan Ky ancient house stands out with its harmonious design between Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cultures. The house has two floors, three rooms and a yin-yang tile roof. The upper floor is where the family lives, while the lower floor is used for business. The interior of Tan Ky ancient house is decorated solemnly and delicately with ancient objects such as tables, chairs, altar cabinets, mahogany tables, pictures, porcelain… This place also preserves many precious historical artifacts. such as the ordination of the Nguyen court, Chinese and Japanese ceramics…Tan Ky ancient house is a testament to the cultural interference between Vietnam, Japan and China in Hoi An.

The highlight of Tan Ky ancient house is the intricately carved details on wood and stone, demonstrating the talent of the ancient craftsmen. The house also contains many precious artifacts, testament to a period of Hoi An’s brilliant historical development.


Figure 3. Tan Ky Ancient House

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Fujian Assembly Hall

Fujian Assembly Hall, also known as Fujian Pagoda or Fujian Temple, is one of the typical historical and cultural relics of Hoi An ancient town. This place was built in 1690 by the Fujian Chinese community who came to live and settle in Hoi An. Fujian Assembly Hall was built with the original purpose of worshiping Thien Hau Thanh Mau – the protector deity of seafarers, praying for good weather and good harvests. Over more than 3 centuries, Fujian Assembly Hall has been restored many times but still retains its unique architectural and cultural values.

This place is not only a spiritual destination but also a tourist attraction because of its unique architectural beauty and great historical and cultural value. Fujian Assembly Hall is a testament to the cultural interference between Vietnam and China throughout history. This place is not only a spiritual destination but also a tourist attraction because of its unique architectural beauty and great historical and cultural value.


Figure 4. Fujian Assembly Hall

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Cantonese Assembly Hall

The Cantonese Assembly Hall, also known as Ong Pagoda or Quang Trieu Quan, is a typical historical and cultural relic located on Tran Phu Street, in the ancient town of Hoi An, Quang Nam province. This place was built in the late 18th century by the Cantonese Chinese community living in Hoi An, another testament to the cultural interference between the two peoples of Vietnam and China.

The Assembly Hall is built in the traditional three-compartment Chinese house architecture, with a curved roof and yin-yang tiles. Inside the assembly hall is a worship space with a statue of Quan Cong – a hero greatly respected by the Chinese – and other gods. The Assembly Hall also preserves many precious artifacts such as envelopes, screens, porcelain… bearing the mark of Chinese culture.


Figure 5. Cantonese Assembly Hall

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Cam Pho Temple of Literature – Typical historical and cultural relic in Hoi An

The temple was built on a large, open area of ​​land, facing the river, south – southwest. The three-entrance gate to the temple is built with a system of upper and lower doors with two wings. The three-entrance gate has 4 pillars and is carved with lotus bud patterns. In the middle of the horizontal panel is the embossed word “Van Thanh Mieu”. The temple was built to worship Confucius, Confucian sages and typical academicians of Cam Pho village during the Nguyen Dynasty to honor the religion, learning and studious tradition of the local people. In the Temple, there is a majestic Confucius Statue placed in the most solemn position. The horizontal panels and couplets praise the teachings and career of Confucius. Exquisite patterns, bearing the mark of Confucian culture.

The Temple’s architecture bears the mark of Confucian culture, demonstrating the cultural interference between Vietnam and East Asian countries.

The relic was ranked as a historical relic at the Quang Nam provincial level in 2011.


Figure 6. Cam Pho Temple of Literature

Some notes for you when visiting the temple:

  • Address: 32 Hung Vuong, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Maintain general hygiene and do not litter the relic area.
  • Dress politely, suitable for the spiritual cultural space.
  • Comply with the regulations of the monument management board.

Nam Dieu Pottery Patriarch Temple

Nam Dieu Pottery Patriarch Temple was built in the 21st year of Tu Duc’s reign (1868) in Nam Dieu hamlet, Thanh Ha commune (now block 5, Thanh Ha ward, Hoi An city). The temple was built by villagers to worship the ancestors of the pottery profession, the wise predecessors and successors who contributed to spreading and developing the pottery profession in Nam Dieu Thanh Ha, Hoi An. The temple is small in scale but bears the mark of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Consists of three rooms: front hall, back hall and Minh hall. The yin-yang tile roof is covered with very sharp and elaborate ornaments. Temple construction materials such as bricks, tiles, and lime were all made by the people of Nam Dieu pottery village.

Nam Dieu Pottery Patriarch Temple is an important historical and cultural relic of Quang Nam province. This place is not only a place of spiritual worship but also a symbol of the long-standing pottery tradition of Nam Dieu village. The temple was ranked as a provincial relic in 2008.

According to our update, the Nam Dieu Pottery Ancestral Temple is temporarily closed for some reasons. You can refer to other places to visit. We will update visitors about the time the Temple will open to welcome visitors again.


Figure 7. Nam Dieu Pottery Patriarch Temple

Cam Pho Communal House – Famous ancient communal house in Hoi An

Cam Pho Communal House is a famous ancient village communal house in Hoi An. This is the oldest communal house in Hoi An, built in the late 15th century and undergoing two renovations in 1817 and 1897.

Cam Pho Communal House is considered a symbol of traditional Vietnamese village communal house architecture with typical spaces including banyan trees, water wharf, and communal house yard. The architecture is built in the shape of the letter “Quoc” with a large three-entrance gate. Including 3 main rooms and 5 side rooms, decorated with many sophisticated patterns. Outstanding with paintings of four sacred animals, four precious animals and historical relics. This place worships Thanh Hoang, Lady Dai Can, river gods and gods protecting the village. Cam Pho Communal House is not only a spiritual destination but also a tourist destination that attracts visitors because of its unique historical, cultural and architectural values.


Figure 8. Cam Pho Communal House

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Tombs of Japanese Merchants in Hoi An

Currently, in Hoi An, there are still 3 ancient tombs of Japanese merchants dating back more than 400 years, which are evidence of the process of trade, commerce and cultural exchange between Vietnamese and Japanese people in the ancient times. The bustling and prosperous period of the ancient Hoi An trading port. These three tombs include:

  • Mr. Banjiro’s grave: 1665, located in Truong Le street, Cam Chau ward. Mr. Banjiro is a Japanese businessman who has made many contributions to the development of Hoi An trading port.
  • Tomb of Mr. Tani Yajirobei: 1647, also located in Truong Le block, Cam Chau ward. Mr. Tani Yajirobei was one of the first Japanese traders to come to Hoi An to trade.
  • Mr. Gusokukun’s grave: 1689, located at An Phong street, Tan An ward. Mr. Gusokukun was a Japanese mayor who had the authority to run all resident activities of “Nhat Bon Palace” in Hoi An at that time.

All three of these tombs are classified as historical relics and are preserved intact. This is a destination that attracts tourists, especially Japanese tourists, to visit and learn about the history of trade between Vietnam and Japan. Hoi An clearly demonstrates the virtues of the people here, a land full of humanity.


Figure 9. Tombs of Japanese Merchants in Hoi An

Ba Mu Pagoda

Ba Mu Pagoda, also known as Cam Ha Cung or Hai Binh Cung, is an important historical and spiritual cultural site in Hoi An, Quang Nam. This place attracts tourists because of its unique architecture, long historical value and pure, sacred atmosphere. The pagoda was built in the early 17th century, worshiping Lady Lieu Hanh – a deity trusted and worshiped by local people. Through many historical ups and downs, the pagoda has been restored many times but still retains its original architectural and cultural values.

Ba Mu Pagoda bears the mark of traditional Vietnamese architecture with curved tiled roofs, mossy walls and sophisticated decorative details. The temple grounds are spacious and airy, including many items such as:

  • Tam Quan: The main gate of the pagoda, decorated with majestic dragon and phoenix motifs.
  • Cam Ha Palace: The main place of worship of the pagoda, enshrining the majestic statue of Lady Lieu Hanh on a lotus pedestal.
  • Hai Binh Palace: Place to worship other gods such as Tho Ky, Quan Cong, Than Nong,…
  • Lotus pond: Located in front of Cam Ha palace, creating a pure and peaceful scene for the temple.

Ba Mu Pagoda is not only a famous spiritual tourist attraction but also a very special place, preserving many precious intangible cultural values ​​of Hoi An. Many traditional festivals take place here that attract a large number of visitors, such as:

  • Lady Lieu Hanh Festival: Takes place on the 15th day of the third lunar month every year, attracting a large number of local people and tourists from all over to pray for peace and luck.
  • Ba Chua Xu Festival: Taking place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month every year, it is an opportunity for local people to remember and appreciate the merits of Ba Chua Xu.


Figure 10. Ba Mu Pagoda

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To add more energy to your trip to explore the relics, just 400m from Ba Mu Pagoda is Anabas Restaurantone of the famous specialty restaurants in Hoi An, proud to bring you a delicious meal. Experience top-notch cuisine in the heart of ancient Hoi An. After visiting and worshiping at Ba Mu Pagoda, visit Anabas Restaurant to enjoy delicious dishes, prepared with the freshest ingredients and with love by local chefs. Come to Anabas Restaurant to enjoy and feel the difference.

Hoi An Christ Church – The oldest parish church in Vietnam

Hoi An Christ Church, also known as Hoi An Cathedral, is a Catholic church located in Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, Vietnam. This is the parish church considered the oldest in Vietnam.

The history of Hoi An Christ Church can be traced back to the early 17th century, when Jesuits and the Paris Missionary Society came to preach in Hoi An. However, records about the church at this time are very limited.

In 1863, priest Léopold Michelet started building a new church on the foundation of the old church. The church was built in Gothic style with curved domes, two tall bell towers and a facade decorated with exquisite patterns. The inauguration ceremony of the church was held in 1880. Hoi An Christ Church has an area of ​​525 square meters and can accommodate up to 1,500 people. The church was built of brick and stone, with a wooden roof frame. The church facade is decorated with crosses, lilies and other motifs. Two 24 meter high bell towers are the highlight of the church. Hoi An Christ Church is a unique architectural work, imbued with French culture. The church is also an important spiritual place for Catholics in Hoi An. In addition, the church is also a tourist attraction attracting domestic and foreign tourists.

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Figure 11. Hoi An Christ Church

Hoi An used to be a busy trading port and is now a colorful and historical ancient city with many unique and attractive monuments. From ancient houses, guild halls, pagodas to museums and eco-tourism areas, each relic has its own story and cultural value. In addition to the above locations, there are countless other places that tourists can visit such as Quan Thang Ancient House, Duc An Ancient House, cultural museums,… we will continue to update visitors in the future. Next articles. Hopefully this article has helped you better understand Hoi An’s historical sites and have more motivation to explore this famous ancient town of Hoi An.

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