Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient TownLocation: Beside Thu Bon river, 32km from Da Nang city.

Since the end of 16th century and the beginning of 17th century, Hoi An was the hub of commerce. There are many businessmen from Japan, China, England, French, Portugal, Holland, etc had come there to start their business, doing the exim. Due to the applying of the closed-door policy, in the 17th century, Hoi An became more and more desolate. There is still one ancient town which is preserved next to the river in the south of Hoi An. The ancient Hoi An vestige is about 2km2 wide with many narrow and small streets which separated like a chessboard. With the small one or two storey houses, tile-roofed, different height, close to each other in the two street sides.

There are many Japanese and Chinese businessmen who came here and left many bridge pagodas and bridge such as Quan Cong temple which was built in the 17th century. Quan Am pagoda is in the same part of the Quan Cong temple. The pagoda has some small canal. The bridge is 18m long, 3m wide, and tile-roofed. The base of the bridge is curved and paved with wood for doing the business in the two banks.

It is said that the pagoda is made in three years and in the two heads of the bridge, there are two statues of Monkey and Dog symbolizing the years from beginning to ending of the bridge.

There is also Ba Mu pagoda in Hoi An with the architect of the Cham people. There are also a statue of a female lion in here.

Coming to Hoi An, visitors could visit markets, buying souvenir and other famous specialty of Quang Nam – Da Nang.

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