Hoi An - Things to do in Hoian

Hoi An Ancient Town is a famous city of Quang Nam province, an old town that is kept almost intact with more than 1,000 architectural monuments from streets, houses, meeting halls, temples, shrines, ethnic churches, ancient wells ... to traditional dishes, the people's soul. A visit to Hoi An will captivate travelers by its timeless beauty which is extremely rustic and idyllic.

When traveling to Hoi An, you should choose the time around February - April because that is when Hoi An pleases tourists the most. It rains less, no sultry sun like summer, pleasant climate, airy space. At this time, tourists can freely visit the beautiful scenes in Hoi An or explore new activities and places to feel the fullest beauty here. 

Traditional architecture

Hoi An is famous for the beauty of traditional architecture, the harmony of houses, walls and roads. Along with many ups and downs of history, Hoi An ancient town still retains the ancient beauty - the moss in every tile roof, brick, tree line ... as the simple trait in the personality, pure soul, true nature of the local people.

The most common housing type is 1 or 2-storey tubular house with narrow width and very long depth. The house is made of high-strength and durable materials due to its harsh climate, the two sides have brick walls and wooden frames, divided into three spaces with a walkway in the middle. Each house in Hoi An ensures harmony between living space and nature, so in addition to arranging the house into spaces, the yard of the house is paved and decorated with water tanks, rockery and trees creating an overall beauty. With a unique architecture, the house space in Hoi An is always airy, full of sunlight, makes people and nature are as one. Those things bring a comfortable and free life for the locals and the excitement for tourists when travelling to Hoi An.

Streets in the old town are arranged horizontally & vertically as chessboard style with short and beautiful streets winding, embracing houses. Walking through each of those pretty and peaceful streets, visitors not only enjoy delicious food but also see a part of daily life of Hoi An's people, a peaceful and simple life. The complex of Hoi An architectural monuments is very rich and beautiful, so this destination has been and is always a place to attract domestic and foreign tourists to visit, explore and fully enjoy the holiday. Traveling to Hoi An, you will realize that time seems to have stopped here in each of the yin-yang roof tiles covered with moss, the old gray mold walls, preserved from ancient times and existed to this day.

Typical relics

It will be a mistake if traveling to Hoi An without visiting the "symbol of Hoi An" - Japanese Covered Bridge. Japanese Covered Bridge, also known as Japanese Temple, is located adjacent to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu streets, is a unique & typical architectural work in Hoi An. This temple was built by Japanese merchants here in the middle of the 16th century.

The Japanese Covered Bridge curves with wooden boards acrosses a creek to the Hoai River. The 18m-long bridge has a roof covered with yin-yang tiles, facing towards the Thu Bon River. 
Above the main door, there are three Chinese characters named Lai Vien Kieu, meaning the bridge of friends from far away. Above the bridge, there is a small temple under the reign of North Emperor Tran Vu specialized in the treatment of wind and floods, bringing joy and happiness to everyone. At the two ends of the bridge, there are groups of monkeys and dogs. 
Through the years and times of restoration, the Japanese Covered Bridge is still a unique project, an architectural beauty of Vietnamese style. This property is invaluable and officially chosen as a symbol of Hoi An

Besides, to better understand the life and culture of Hoi An’s people, you should visit some famous ancient houses and spiritual and social constructions such as Quan Thang, Duc An, Tan Ky, ... or some clubs such as Fujian, Chaozhou, Guangdong... These are beautiful places in Hoi An to help you experience the typical cultural space of the town.

Tan Ky Old House is honored to become a National Heritage and is the only place to welcome heads of state, politicians in Vietnam and abroad. The ancient house combines Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture. With the typical tubular architecture of the ancient city, this place consists of two horizontal bars overlapping one another, symbolizing heaven and earth and five vertical bars representing the five elements. The harmonious architecture of the house speaks of a dream about harmony between people and nature in Hoi An.

Quan Thang Old House is also one of the most beautiful ancient houses in Hoi An today. The exquisite, lively architecture and sculpture are made by the craftsmen in Kim Bong carpentry following the style of Hoa Ha area, China. Over time, the ancient house still stands there as a challenge of time, helping today's generation to envision the life of the merchant class in ancient Hoi An.

Hoi An specialties

When exploring Hoi An, you can freely choose snacks in countless shops and street vendors. If you want to enjoy the best dessert cooked from corn, crackers and mussels in Hoi An, you should go to Bà Gìa (Old Lady) shop, on the sidewalk of Tran Phu Street...

Visitors can also try delicious food in Hoi An such as Quang noodles in many places along the old town such as Mrs. Minh's shop, in Hoi An market or at the beginning of Tran Phu street. In addition, Cao Lau is also considered a worth trying when traveling to Hoi An. The golden color, lumpy eating with some delicious broth, herbs, crispy fried lard will make many diners satisfied.

The main dishes such as Ba Buoi, Ms. Nga’s chicken rice, Phuong or Madame Khanh’s bread with full of meat, sausages, pâté, raw vegetables and aromatic sauces will make you "nod" to Hoi An cuisine.

Lantern is also considered a "specialty" not to be missed when traveling in Hoi An. Visitors easily see colorful and shaped lanterns around the streets and houses. On the full moon day of the month, there is another Hoi An in the eyes of tourists - a splendid Hoi An with the light of lanterns, 

Walking along the Hoai River or sitting in the middle of a small boat, paddling out in the middle of the river, gently dropping each lantern made by lotus, watching the shimmering rows of lanterns and praying for peace is experience visitors should do. The magical light of lanterns adorns the beauty of Hoi An, becoming a feature, a spiritual dish of tourists when coming here.

The ancient town of Hoi An has always brought a unique beauty in every corner, every roof, and on small streets. Coming here, visitors can feel the warmth in each single dish, from the friendly smile of the people. Walking on each small street, you seem to find yourself in the old days, the beautiful memories of childhood in this strange and loving land.

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