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Hoi An is a small yet charming town right along the bank of the Thu Bon River at the center of Quang Nam province. The town is one of the most renowned attractions in central Vietnam. Hoi An town was recognized as a World Heritage Tow by UNESCO because of its architecture and place in history. The heritage town was an important trading port in the region from the 15th to the 19th century. The town was also a melting pot of cultures with settlers and traders from all over China, Japan, India, and the Netherlands. The presence of many cultures has influenced the architecture of Hoi An that helped turn the town into a heritage site.


Hoi An literally means ‘peace meeting place’. In English and European languages, Hoi An was known as ‘Faifo’. Hoi An has a long history of cultural diversity. The melting pot of cultures are still seen today with influences from the Japanese, the Kingdom of Champa, India, China, and Western culture dating from the 16th century.

Before, Hoi An was separated into two parts, the other half was the Japanese settlement on the other side of the Japanese Bridge. The bridge was constructed in the 16th century. The town was also influenced by Chinese architecture characterized by low, tile-roofed homes and narrow alleys. All of the homes were made with wood, emblazoned with lacquered boards and panels that had carved Chinese characters. The pillars of the homes were also carved with Chinese designs. The two sides of the streets in Hoi An have two-story Chinese stores which have been around for more than three centuries. The shops in Hoi An sell colorful silks, paper lanterns, and glass. There are also historical buildings such as the Quan Cong Temple, Tan Ky House, Phung Hung House, and Quan Thang House.

Since 1998, Hoi An residents started to preserve their cultural heritage by using colored lanterns. Every 14th of the lunar month, residents turn off their lights and hang paper lanterns and cloths on their windows and porches. Aside from switching off the lights, residents also switch off TVs, street lights, radios, and other electronics to create a romantic atmosphere using the colored lanterns. The 14th day of the lunar month is also a day worth celebrating because it is a Buddhist holiday. During this day, Hoi An residents pay respect to their ancestors by offering incense and food at their altars, and then later visit the pagodas.

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