The Essence of Hoi An Ancient Town Cultural Values ​​Lasts Over Time

Hoi An has long been famous as a land that attracts many domestic and foreign tourists. Hoi An culture today is the synthesis and interference of many ancient cultures. Currently, in terms of economy and tourism, although this land has made great progress, each person here always tries to preserve every bit of traditional culture. Cultural value of Hoi An Ancient Town ​​have always been preserved throughout the formation and development of this city. To have a more complete view of Hoi An ancient town, of course you cannot ignore the cultural story of Hoi An ancient town.

Hoi An culture is the crystallization of many cultures

Located on the downstream of Thu Bon River, is an old town located in Quang Nam province, 30km from Da Nang city. Hoi An Ancient Town used to be a busy international trading port, a trading center connecting the North, Central and South. Therefore, the architectural works and cultural values ​​of ancient Hoi An are gathered from many different cultures. This has created for us a land of diverse cultural convergence and interference.

Hoi An ancient town has existed since the 15th century and was once an important trading port in Southeast Asia. Hoi An is the intersection of many cultures, especially Japanese, Chinese and Western cultures. With a favorable geographical location, Hoi An was once a major trading center, playing an important role in economic and cultural development of Vietnam. This is also a place that preserves many precious traditional cultural and artistic values. Not only did they come to the trading port of “Faifo” to trade and commerce, many Japanese and Chinese merchants stayed and became a resident of Hoi An. Overseas Chinese and Japanese traders also brought their countries’ cultures to Hoi An. The harmony of many cultures but still retaining the unique identity of Vietnamese people has helped Hoi An become more attractive in the eyes of foreign and domestic tourists.

Tranh Thương Cảng Hội An

Figure 1. Painting of ancient Hoi An “Faifo” Trading Port (Source: Internet)

With the mixture and interference of many different beauties. Many architectural works, religions, beliefs and cultural values ​​of Hoi An ancient town are the most vivid evidence of the process of formation, development and even the decline of the ancient city. Assembly halls and temples are typical works that represent traces of the Chinese people. Located next to it are roofs that capture the traditional features of Vietnamese people and houses with ancient French style. Stepping into this beautiful old town, we can deeply feel the diverse, artistic and ancient mix of rows of houses bearing architectural features of different cultures.

The beauty and cultural values ​​of Hoi An still endure over time

Not just a living museum of architectural heritage. The cultural value of Hoi An ancient town also lies in its rich and unique intangible cultural treasure. Despite many changes in history, the daily life of the people of Hoi An still retains its rustic and simple appearance, away from all noise. Customs, living habits, beliefs, folk arts, and cultural festivals are still being preserved, preserved, and promoted. In today’s modern river rhythm, it is not difficult to encounter an ancient town at night, singing hut songs on the Doai River, street food, and magical sparkling lantern nights. Along with that are summer souvenirs or tea baskets of old mothers in Hoi, familiar scenes in the memories of each of us but now very rare and hard to find. Here, life passes peacefully and is filled with the call of a past memory.


Hoi An’s most unique culture is first expressed in beliefs. Regarding religion, it can be seen that in Hoi An, Buddhism is the majority. In many families in Hoi An, although they do not follow Buddhism, they still worship Buddha and are vegetarian. Almost every family in Hoi An has a Buddhist shrine, which is placed at the ancestral altar and one step higher.

Chùa Cầu Hội An

Figure 2. Covered Bridge – Symbol of Hoi An ancient town

In addition to Buddhism, in Hoi An there is also the development of Christianity and many local churches. Thanks to the development of the port of “Faifo”, merchants came and traded, including Portugal. Following them were missionaries, mostly Portuguese and Italians, accompanying them to preach in new lands. According to the order’s rules, every time they came to a new land they had to learn the local language, and with each person’s own talent, they Latinized the local language and script so that followers could read the religious scriptures. . This is also the origin of today’s Vietnamese national language.

Traditional festival

Hoi An has so far still kept its traditional festivals. There are many traditional festivals of Hoi An such as the festival to pay homage to the village tutelary god, the memorial ceremony of the craft master, the memorial ceremony of saints and also special religious ceremonies.

Lễ hội ở Hội An

Lễ hội ở Hội An

Figure 3. Pictures of some festivals in Hoi An

Music, performances and folk games

Music, performances or folk games are the most beautiful spiritual values ​​that Hoi An ancient town still retains intact. All of these things are crystallized during the labor process of local people. We can mention the singing of drilling songs, ly songs, pulling anchor songs… And one of the activities that to this day is extremely loved by many tourists is the experience of playing card game. Bai Choi is a game that is always present during Tet days in Quang region. In Hoi An, every 14th day of the lunar month, there is a card game organized for local people and tourists. It is a typical Quang entertainment hobby.

Bài chòi Hội An

Figure 4. Bai Choi Hoi An

In the next articles, we will talk more about “Bai Choi” and especially, we will guide visitors how to play Bai Choi so as not to miss an interesting experience when coming to Hoi An ancient town.

Folk cuisine (Hoi An specialties)

When it comes to Hoi An folk cuisine, this place truly has many unique dishes. Hoi An is a place with a very unique cuisine and completely different nuances.
One of the most unique dishes in Hoi An ancient town is Cao Lau. Cao Lau is a dish that is prepared extremely meticulously, especially in Cao Lau fibers. Cao Lau fibers are cooked from the most fragrant sticky rice grains of Hoi An. As for Hoi An’s Cao Lau, this dish does not have broth but is simply a mixture of Cao Lau noodles, meat, lettuce, bean sprouts and a little fatty shrimp, with a little meat added… thus creating a bowl of Cao Lau typical of Hoi An ancient town.

When it comes to Hoi An cuisine, there are actually many dishes that have been closely associated with the daily lives of the residents here, and since then they have become familiar and strange dishes for visitors from all over to enjoy. Some of the dishes that have increased the culinary value of Hoi An ancient town include Quang noodles, Cao Lau, white rice cakes, banh can, stir-fried mussels or bread…Those are the dishes that have accompanied the years with the beautiful S-shaped land.

Đặc sản Hội An

Figure 5. Hoi An specialties at Anabas Restaurant

If you are looking for a place to eat authentic Hoi An specialties, please take note of the location we are about to reveal.
Come and experience the wonderful flavors at ANABAS RESTAURANT restaurant (address: 29 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam) one of the most famous specialty restaurants in the old town Hoi An. The restaurant brings you Hoi An specialties such as cao lau, grilled meat with spring rolls, Quang noodles, banh vac,… traditional flavors, prepared from the freshest and highest quality ingredients. by the talented hands of local chef Mr. Truong Van Truc. ANABAS RESTAURANT not only serves typical traditional dishes of Hoi An but also stands out with attractive grilled fish dishes. We carefully select fish from the Central region, Vietnam and especially Hoi An, ensuring to bring you a unique and unforgettable culinary experience.

In addition, cultural and artistic programs, events, and festivals take place regularly. Accompanying that are entertainment areas associated with Hoi An culture that are being strongly promoted. Not only that, food markets and Hoi An specialties are also introduced. In particular, the cultural lifestyle of Hoi An people is still preserved and developed in harmony, making it more suitable in current times. All are aimed at cleverly introducing traditional culture and making it more attractive for tourism here.

Hoi An Ancient Town joins “UNESCO Creative Cities Network”

Mr. Nguyen Van Son, Chairman of the City People’s Committee. Hoi An shares that, in addition to an extremely diverse and unique architectural complex of the old town, the locality also has a huge treasure of intangible cultural values, including craft villages, unique traditional handicrafts and folk arts; Along with that is the lifestyle, which is gentle and hospitable… This is the important foundation to make Hoi An a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1999.

With the right orientation and relentless efforts on its development path, Hoi An has gradually become a familiar cultural address, a favorite destination for domestic and world tourists. For many years in a row, Hoi An has been voted by reputable websites as a top cultural destination and one of the top tourist cities in Asia and the world.

On October 31, 2023, Hoi An officially becomes a member of the ‘UNESCO Creative Cities Network’, Hoi An is facing many opportunities, including opportunities for exchange, exchange and integration. with 350 other cities from more than 100 countries, not only in the field of crafts and folk arts, contributing to quickly realizing the goal of turning Hoi An into a sustainable ecological – cultural – tourism city. sustainability and inspiration for domestic and international cities.

This is the pride of the people of Quang Nam and the whole of Vietnam.

Phố cổ Hội An lúc chiều tối

Figure 6. Hoi An ancient town at sunset

The soul of Hoi An is not only the ancient architecture but also the cultural values ​​of Hoi An that people have always preserved throughout history. Every Hoi An resident understands that preserving and promoting the cultural values ​​of Hoi An Ancient Town is everyone’s shared responsibility, so they always join hands to preserve traditional cultural values ​​with the support of the community. Local authorities, at the same time, introduce the beauty of Hoi An to international friends.

Hoi An’s cultural values ​​are still enduring over time and are increasingly being preserved. That’s why Hoi An also deserves to be “Asia’s leading cultural meeting place” today. To find out the latest and most interesting things about Hoi An as well as places to eat and the latest news about Hoi An, visit our website every day. Hoi An always welcomes you to this land!

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