The Secret of Each Ceramic Piece at Hoi An Trade Ceramics Museum

Along with the prosperity and development of Hoi An trading port, merchants from all over the world came here to buy and sell silk, tea, opium, cinnamon… especially ceramic products. Visiting the Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics is a journey back in time to discover commercial history. This is a place that preserves golden memories of a bustling commercial port, where East – West culture intersects through each unique ceramic artifact. Join us on a journey back in time, immersing yourself in the historical space of Hoi An ancient town and culture at this museum!

Introduction to Hoi An Trade Ceramics Museum

Located in the heart of Hoi An ancient town, Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics is an attractive cultural treasure for those who love the history and art of ceramics. This place preserves thousands of precious ceramic artifacts, from prehistoric to modern times, demonstrating the development and bustling trade of Hoi An over the centuries. Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics was established in 1995 with the help of experts from Japan, with the goal of preserving and promoting the cultural value of ceramics and artifacts related to history. Hoi An’s commercial history. With 368 artifacts dating from the 9th – 10th centuries to the 19th century found at archaeological sites in Hoi An.


Figure 1. Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics

Some information about the museum:

Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics: A journey back in time to discover the history of trade

History of museum formation

Vietnamese commercial ceramics in the 15th and 16th centuries were produced from major centers such as Hai Hung, Bat Trang in the North and Binh Dinh in the South. Hai Hung Center played a major role in the commercial production of Vietnamese ceramics at this period with famous kilns such as Chu Dau, Hop Le, Cay… The products of these kilns were blue and white ceramics. paint on enamel. Binh Dinh ceramic center with kilns: Go Sanh, Go Truong Cuu, Go Hoi, Go Cay Me… Entering the 17th century, Vietnamese commercial ceramics suddenly disappeared from the world market. Up to now, Vietnamese ceramics of this period have only been found in Japan. The Japanese ceramic market continues to import products from Hop Le pottery kiln (Hai Hung) with bowls and plates painted with chrysanthemums in blue mixed with rust on opaque white enamel and crockery from kilns in the Central region such as My Xuyen, Phuoc Tich…(Thua Thien Hue). During prosperous times, especially in the first half of the 17th century, Hoi An was the largest trading center of Dang Trong and the whole country of Dai Viet, and also one of the busiest trading ports of Southeast Asia. The commercial port’s center of operations is the port area and the market street located on the north bank of the Thu Bon River, now the inner city of Hoi An.


Figure 2. Space inside and outside the museum

Located at 80 Tran Phu, Hoi An Trade Ceramics Museum is a 2-storey ancient house built in traditional 19th century architecture, the typical space is divided into 3 parts: front, back house and outdoor space. The terrace is located between the front and back houses, with the kitchen and bathroom at the back. With curved tiled roofs, mossy yellow walls and sophisticated patterns, the museum bears the mark of time, bringing visitors back to ancient Hoi An.

Journey back in time through each artifact

Entering the museum, visitors will admire more than 430 ceramic artifacts dating from the 9th to the 19th centuries, found at archaeological sites in Hoi An and surrounding areas. Each artifact is a story, vividly reflecting the ceramic trade route on the sea, when Hoi An was still a busy trading center of Southeast Asia.

Visitors will explore themed displays, including:

  • Vietnamese ceramics: A place to display Bat Trang, Thanh Ha, Chu Dau ceramics… representing the production techniques and decorative styles of Vietnamese ceramics through the ages.
  • Chinese ceramics: Displaying Ming and Qing ceramics, with a variety of designs and patterns, reflecting China’s sophisticated ceramic production level.
  • Japanese ceramics: Where visitors can admire ceramics of celadon, crackled enamel, eel skin enamel… bearing the mark of Japanese culture.
  • Ceramics from other countries: Displays ceramics from other countries such as Thailand, India, and the Philippines, reflecting Hoi An’s extensive cultural and commercial exchanges in the past.
    In addition, the museum also has a display area of ​​ancient merchant ship models, helping visitors visualize the vibrant maritime trade activities of ancient Hoi An.






Figure 3. Some images of ceramic artifacts at the museum

Coming to the museum, visitors will not only admire precious ceramic artifacts but also have the opportunity to learn about the history of Vietnam’s maritime ceramic trade, especially the important role of Hoi An in international trade network. The museum regularly organizes exhibitions, scientific seminars, educational activities, and introductions to Hoi An ceramics and culture. The museum also displays many antiques brought by ancient international traders, especially ancient Chinese ceramics. Visitors can admire ancient ceramics from the Ming and Qing dynasties, which are extremely rare and preserved almost intact.

Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics preserves ancient ceramic artifacts from excavation sites

In addition to admiring the ceramic artifacts of the flourishing period, the museum also preserves many antiques from the excavation of sites. Among them, there are many artifacts from the shipwreck site in Cu Lao Cham and artifacts excavated from sites in the ancient town of Hoi An. These artifacts were excavated at the shipwreck site in the waters of Cu Lao Cham. These ceramics date back to the 15th – 16th centuries and were produced by pottery kilns in Northern Vietnam. Many of the ship’s ceramics were not destroyed because they were embedded in the sea mud, which kept them from being destroyed when the ship sank. A large number of Vietnamese ceramics discovered from the ship showed that it was trade goods and that it was a Vietnamese merchant ship sailing south near Cu Lao Cham. But an incident happened, the ship met with disaster and sank into the sea. After being sunk, the ship’s hull quickly sank into the mud, so part of the hull or hull remained intact. Therefore, many ceramics can still be discovered in their original state inside the ship. Many familiar designs of Vietnamese ceramics such as plates and large vases decorated with herbal patterns were still intact when picked up. Most of them are bowls. However, there are some ceramics discovered for the first time in Vietnam, such as a blue flower bowl painted with a dragon. These ceramics were identified as export goods that the merchant ship was carrying to Southeast Asian countries. The ship went south along the East Sea route, which had been established along the Vietnamese coast.


Figure 4. Some artifacts excavated at the shipwreck site in Cu Lao Cham waters

Cultural and artistic significance of Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics

Besides the rich history and memorable period of flourishing development of the “Faifo” trading post, it is also a place to record and preserve extremely rare and valuable evidence of that time. It has both material and spiritual value, contributing to becoming a historical attraction for Hoi An ancient town. The traditional quintessence preserved here is valuable and needs to be preserved because it has many meanings and art:

  • Contributing to the preservation of cultural heritage: Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics plays an important role in preserving and promoting the value of cultural heritage and ceramic art of Hoi An and Vietnam
  • Educational and research value: The museum is not only a display place but also a valuable source of documents for researchers, students and those interested in ceramic history and culture.
  • A place for international cultural exchange: With artifacts from many countries, the museum is a place for cultural exchange, helping visitors understand more about the richness and diversity of ceramic art in the world.
  • The story of special ceramics: Each artifact at the museum has its own story, from the production process to the journey to the museum. These stories give visitors a deeper insight into the cultural value of ceramics.
  • Stories of talented artisans: The museum is also a place to honor talented ceramic artists who have contributed their efforts and talents to create unique ceramic works of art.

If you have fallen in love with the beauty and culture at the Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics, continue your journey to discover Hoi An by enjoying unique cuisine at Anabas Restaurant. Only 190m from the museum, this is an ideal stop for you to experience Hoi An’s wonderful specialties. We are proud to bring you typical traditional flavors, made from the freshest ingredients. From dishes rich in sea flavors to rich local specialties, each dish contains enthusiasm and love for Hoi An cuisine. Come to Anabas Restaurant to enjoy the cozy space, attentive service and unique culinary experience that you cannot miss when coming to Hoi An ancient town.

Some Notes When Visiting the Museum

  • There are tickets to visit
  • Visitors should dress politely when visiting the museum.
  • Do not touch or touch the exhibits.
  • Any action that causes damage to property must be compensated
  • Maintain order and general hygiene
  • For any requests or suggestions, please contact the management staff or write in the comment book
  • You should bring hats, hats, and sunscreen if going in the summer.
  • No smoking on museum grounds

If you have a passion for history and wish to explore more museums, please keep a list of famous museums in Hoi An, including some typical museums such as the Museum of Literature and Art. Hoi An Sa Huynh Culture – Preserving Cultural Heritage for More Than 2000 Years, Time Discovery Tour at Hoi An Folk Culture Museum,…and many other museums. Take time to visit the museums in Hoi An to discover the rich historical, cultural and artistic stories of this land. Each museum offers a unique perspective, helping you understand more deeply about the civilization and lives of the people here. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy useful and exciting experiences at Hoi An museums!

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