TOP MUST-VISIT TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN HOI AN

• Admin | Date 29/12/2015

Once coming to Hoi An ancient town, you will be impressed by the charming beauty of a used-to-be busy commercial port from the 16th to 18th centuries. Hoi An has abundant places of interest that if your time is limited, it is impossible to visit all of them. But there are certain sights that should be highlighted and underscored for visitors.

1.JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE 
The Japanese Covered Bridge was built in 1593 by the Japanese com-munity of Hoi An in order to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream. It currently connects Trần Phú and Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai streets.

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It's built of wood and stone and rests on arches set over a tributary of the Thu Bon River. The roof is decorated with elaborate wood and stone carvings and the interior is also wood and decorated with lanterns, a local handicraft specialty. At the entrance to the bridge are statues of dogs and monkeys. It is said that the construction of the bridge started in the year of the monkey and was finished in the year of the dog. Built into the northern side of the bridge is a small temple. One theory of the bridge's religious purpose is that it was built to subdue a world-spanning 'mamazu' dragon monster, whose head was located in India and its tail in Japan. The movement of the tail was believed to cause earthquakes in Japan. As Vietnam was located in the area of the mamazu's back, the bridge was intended to pin the mamazu down, thus preventing any earthquakes.

2.THE OLD HOUSE OF TAN KY
Built two centuries ago by an ethnically Vietnamese family, this gem of a house has been lovingly preserved through seven generations thanks to the strict preservation consciousness of all generations in the family and the high quality of the building materials. The name Tan Ky, meaning “Progress Shop”, was given to the house by the second generation to express the owner’s wish for a prosperous business.

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The house strongly represents features of Oriental philosophy, such as the triple-beam structure (stands for heaven, earth and humans), the five round blocks (represent metal, wood, water, fire and earth – the five basic natural elements in Eastern philosophy) and several decorative carvings on the edge of the roof and furniture.

3.PHUOC KIEN ASSEMBLY HOUSE
Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, located at 46 Tran Phu Street, was founded in 1690 and served the largest Chinese ethnic group in Hoi An (the Fujian). It is a showpiece of classical Chinese architecture.

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It's loaded with animal themes: The fish in the mosaic fountain symbolizes scholarly achievement, the unicorn flanking the ascending stairs symbolizes wisdom, the dragon symbolizes power, the turtle symbolizes longevity, and the phoenix symbolizes nobility. The main temple is dedicated to Thien Hau, goddess of the sea, on the main altar. To the left of her is Thuan Phong Nhi, a goddess who is able to listen to the sound of ships even at a distance of thousand miles, and on the right is Thien Ly Nhan, who can see them.

4.AN BANG BEACH
A The beach is in Cam An ward, which is 3km to the East of Hoi An centre town and has been voted amongst the top 50 beautiful beaches of the world by the travel website of CNNGo.

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While the ancient town of Hoi An is peaceful, its beach is vibrant and youthful. The most attractive thing to visitors is the wild beauty of white smooth sand bank with green trees along the beach. The sea water is pure and blue. Visitors could see the small fish swimming under or even catch the crab yourself. The wave is also peaceful and let us has a smooth and elegant feeling. The restaurants are fine with a good range of food and drink. 5. HOI AN HANDICRAFT WORKSHOP 
Hoi An Handicraft Workshop (address - 9 Nguyen Thai Hoc street) exhibiting and introduce 12 traditional handicraft of Hoi An such as pottery, carpentry, lantern art, conical hat, woven rattan, wood carvings, lacquer, weaving, embroidery...

Hoi An Handicraft Workshop reconstructs that traditional part, produced locally handcrafted products with high quality, not only supply for goods souvenir market of Hoi An, but also spread everywhere. Visit Hoi An Handicraft Workshop, visitors will have a close look about the creation of beautiful handmade products, through the skillful hands of craftsmen, and may participate in some simple processes, getting interesting experiences during the trip to Hoi An ancient town. Hoi An Handicraft Workshop is also a suitable place to buy some quality handicraft products with reasonable price.

6.HOI AN MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND CULTURE 
Hoi An Museum of History and Culture showcases a range of artifacts such as photographs of local architecture, ceramics and pottery depicting the changing faces of Hoi An including the Champa era dating from 7th-15th centuries and Da Viet from 15th to 19th centuries.

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There are also an assortment of ceramics and historical photographs and drawings describing the merchant period including some pottery items that were part of the traders’ wares. Other exhibits predating this time are an array of Cham artifacts including bronze temple bells and gongs. Visiting the Museum of History and Culture is also a chance for tourists to explore more interesting aspects about this heritage.

7.MY SON RUINS
My Son was used as a spiritual Center during the reign of the Champa. These ruins consist of 70 temples and other buildings. Unfortunately My Son was heavily bombed during the Vietnam - American War and received substantial damage after the Viet Cong moved in and used the complex as a military base.

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The property is located in the mountainous border Duy Xuyen District of Quang Nam Province, in central Viet Nam. It is situated within an elevated geological basin surrounded by a ring of mountains, which provides the watershed for the sacred Thu Bon river.

8.CHAM ISLAND 
Cham Island is a group of 8 small islets, which has been recognized by UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve (Cu Lao Cham Marine Park).This ideal destination is endowed with marvelous topography of mountain slopes and biological diversity. From Cua Dai Beach, Quang Nam province, it takes about 30 minutes to arrive at Cham Island by express boat, though tourists may choose 45-minute-boat instead, to enjoy the feeling of travelling by fishermen’s boats.

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What appeals to tourists in Cham Island is its wide variety of leisure activities in a picturesque and pristine setting. Traditional forms of recreation range from swimming on crystal-clear beaches, sunbathing on long-stretching white-sandy coast to exploring the forest. For those who are interested in marine life exploration activities, there are available facilities for water sports like: swimming, water skiing, paragliding, kayaking, kite flying, boat racing and scuba diving. The island also serves a wide range of fresh seafood.

9.BA LE WELL 
Ba Le well is one of the few old wells in Vietnam – as old as a thousand years – and still attracts the attention of the local people, who have loved, protected, respected and even worshiped it over the years.

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From the pas to now, Ba Le well is not only a source of life for families delivering water but also hundreds of other households, from street vendors to the luxury restaurants. The Hoi An specialties such as Cao Lau noodle, black sesame sweet soup… are not tasty. Some people carry water from the Ba Le well to restaurants, cafes and hotels.