Hoi An is a city in Quang Nam province, located on the banks of the Thu Bon River, about 30 km south of Da Nang. Hoi An is one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam, with friendly people and many cultural and historical values. Hoi An was recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage in 1999 and is considered a living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle in Vietnam.
The people of Hoi An are friendly, genuine, hospitable, and know how to appreciate and preserve their traditional cultural values. The people of Hoi An are united, cheerful, and creative, as shown through their cultural festivals, traditional craft villages, specialty dishes, and handicraft products. The people of Hoi An contribute to the beauty of the city, and are also those affected by the changes of tourism and urbanization. The people of Hoi An are lovable and adorable, carrying in them the humane lifestyle.
History of Hoi An
Hoi An has a history of formation and development from over 2000 years ago when it was part of the Champa Kingdom, known as Lam Ap Pho. From the 16th to 19th centuries, Hoi An became a bustling international trading port, a place of cultural exchange for many cultures such as China, Japan, India, the Netherlands, France…
Hoi An is also the birthplace and upbringing of two historical figures, Nguyen Phuc Lan and Nguyen Phuc Chu, two kings of the Nguyen Dynasty. After the port of Da Nang was established in the early 19th century, Hoi An gradually declined and became a peaceful town, preserving many relics of the past.
Culture of Hoi An
Hoi An is a convergence and intersection of many diverse cultural features, from architecture, religion, belief, art, cuisine, to customs, habits of the people. Hoi An has more than 1000 ancient architectural works, including typical works such as Bridge Pagoda, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Old House, Sa Huynh Culture Museum… These works reflect the blend of many different architectural styles, from Vietnam, China, Japan, to France.
Hoi An is also a place with many traditional cultural festivals, such as the lantern festival, choir singing festival, whale festival, palanquin procession festival… These festivals express the spirit of unity, joy, and creativity of the people of Hoi An. In addition, Hoi An is famous for its traditional craft villages, such as Kim Bong carpentry village, Tra Que vegetable village, Thanh Ha pottery village… These craft villages are not only places to produce unique and quality products but also places to preserve and promote the cultural values of Hoi An.
Hoi An is a beautiful and unique city, carrying many cultural, historical, and tourism values. Hoi An is a must-visit destination when traveling to Vietnam. Come to Hoi An to feel the beauty of a world cultural heritage city.