Hoi An (Quang Nam)

Telephone code : ( 84. 510 )
Area : 11,043 km2
Population : 1,372,424

Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of the major trading centres in Southeast Asia between the 16th and 17th centuries, when it was home to thriving population of Japanese and Chinese merchants. This mixed cultural heritage can be seen today in the town's architecture, with the famous Japanese covered bridge and all the houses were made by wood and were decorated with horizontal lacquered boards and vertical parallel panels engraved in the medieval Chinese style, pillars were caved with ornamented designs. 1999 Unesco named the town as one of Vietnam's four World Heritages sites.

JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE

Also known as the Pagoda Bridge, was built in 1593 by the town's Japanese community.

PHUC KIEN ASSEMBLY HALL

Also called Kim Son Pagoda, was built in 1697 by Chinese Phuc Kien merchants at Hoi An. Having been used for worship as well as for meetings of the Chinese from Phuc Kien province.

QUAN CONG TEMPLE

This Temple is dedicated to Quan Cong, a Chinese general.

TAN KY HOUSE

This old house was constructed almost two century ago as the house of a Vietnam merchant. The design of Tan Ky House shows how local architecture followed Japanese and Chinese influences.

CHIEN DAN TOWER

55km from Hoi An, Built in 11th century in honour of the Champa's Hindu deities.

TRA KIEU CITADEL

Also called Citadel of the Lion. According to Thuy Kinh Chu (15th century), the system of outer walls, moats and bastions was built with Chinese martial techniques.


MY SON

My Son Holy Land is a valley. Several temples, among which the biggest in the Champa Kingdom and more than70 constructions made of bricks and stone were built between the 7th and the 13th century in accordance with different architectural styles, showing how talented Champa artists were. The main temples are devoted to the protector of the Champa Kings. My Son was recognised as a world heritage site in 1999.

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