Hoi An Ancient Town: The City of Lanterns

Old Town Hội An, the city’s historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, its buildings and street plan reflecting a blend of indigenous and foreign influences. (wikipedia)


Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation- Originally a traditional assembly hall (or guildhall), this structure was later transformed into a temple for the worship of Thien Hau, a deity who protects seafarers. The goddess is also worshipped by childless couples who come to pray for offspring and leave fresh fruit as offerings.


The Old House of Quan Thang is built by a Chinese Captain with architecture that includes Japanese and Chinese elements. This 18th century home is one of the nicest old houses in Hoi An


The Japanese covered bridge aka Cau Pagoda was constructed in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link it with the Chinese quarters. It is considered one of the most significant constructions of the Hoi An old town

The Japanese Covered Bridge was built during the Nguyen Dynasty to welcome international refugees, Chinese and Japanese to be exact into the borders of Vietnam. They started a peaceful life in the Hoi An old town, exchanging products and trading to earn their living, hence the Japanese Covered Bridge being built. (https://vietnamdiscovery.com/)


Exploring the streets of Hoi An is such a treat. With all the colorful lanterns and yellow walls, every corner is instagrammable.


Foods we tried in Hoi An:

  1. Banh Mi at Banh Mi Phuong where the world’s best sandwich is according to Anthony Bourdrain. You can also try at Madam Khanh’s Banh Mi where you can get fresher vegies for your banh mi.
  2. Try Cao lầu Noodles- This local delicacy is only available in Hoi An because the noodles can only be cooked using water from well-hidden ancient Cham wells while fresh greens are sourced from Tra Que Vegetable Village.
  3. Banh Bao Vac or White Rose Dumplings – Like Cao Lau, it is said the water used to make the skin on White Rose dumpling must be drawn from Ba Le well.
  4. Cơm Gà Hoi An (Hoi An Chicken Rice)- unlike the Thai or Chinese chicken rice, the Hoi An version comes with shredded chicken. I really love this when I tried it!
  5. Street foods such as mango cake, ban xeo and a lot of fruit shakes!

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