Hoi An Ancient Town

    Hoi An Ancient Town

    Hoi An Ancient Town is surely the most interesting attractions in the city. It is  an extremely well-preserved example of a typical South-East Asian trading port. It dates from the 15th to 19th centuries. The buildings and street plan reflect the local and international influences that have combined to produce this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    You will find Hoi An Ancient town in Vietnam’s central Quang Nam Province. It sits on the north bank and near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. It is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and comprises 75 acres with an additional buffer zone of 280 Hectares (almost 700 acres). It is a superbly well-preserved example of an old trading port actively trading between Southeast, East Asia and the rest of the world. After its decline in the later 19th century, the extremely dry climate was instrumental in preserving the buildings in remarkable condition.

    The town reflects a fusion of cultures mainly Chinese and Japanese with later European influences, this has produced this unique attraction. The old town has 1,107 timber framed buildings, to which have been added either timber or brick walls. There is an open market and a ferry quay. In addition religious buildings and family cult house are to be found. The entrance to the site from the main downtown area of Hoi An is access over the Old Japanese Bridge, a remarkably unique Hoi An attraction in its own right, being the only wooden bridge in the world with a Buddhist Temple built into it.

    Hoi An is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Vietnam. There is so much to see and do here. One thing that has to be on any tour itinerary is Hoi An Ancient town. It is a truly remarkable glimpse into the past and one that is not to be missed on any visit to Hoi An and surrounding areas.