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Why was Hoi An a center of international trade on the commercial East-West ?

Traveling to Hoi An – The city has 9 wards, 3 villages in the mainland, 1 village in island. Mainly, residents of three villages in the mainland are farming and fishing, some village has craft such as: woodworking, making pottery, making brassware,etc.

“Tan Hiep village” is in island, it has the natural area of about 15 square kilometers, including seven islands, the terrain on the island is mostly mountainous and Cu Lao Cham island is the biggest where has Salanganes’Nest specialty. Hoi An has also 7 kilometers of beach, Cua Dai beach is one of clean beaches of Hoi An in particular and Viet Nam in general.

Hoi An

From the 16th to 19th centuries, Hoi An was a center of international trade on the commercial East-West, it was the most prosperous of Dang Trong land – VietNam during the reign of the Nguyen lords. It was famous for merchant ships from Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Dutch,etc came here to exchange and trade goods.In the history of formation and development, Hoi An was known under many different names and the most common are: Faifo, Haisfo, Hoai Street, Ketchem, Cotam. The archaeological sites and artifacts, architectural remains have proved Hoi An is a convergence, the crossroads of many cultures: Cham, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese,etc which is most influenced the culture of Vietnam and China.

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Old town reflected into the Hoai River

So far, Hoi An old town has preserved almost intact relics of ancient architecture consists of several buildings, assembly halls, temples, shrines, wells, bridges, church groups, ports, markets. .. and narrow streets run horizontal and vertical form-style squares of the chessboard. Landscape of Hoi An’s streets are an ancient moss color as a vivid picture. The existence of a metropolis such as Hoi An is the only case in Vietnam and also rare in the world. This is seen as a living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle.

Chua cau - Hoi an

Chua cau (Bridge Pagoda) is one of the characteristic monuments in Hoi An.

A tailor shop is in an old house

A tailor shop is in an old house

In addition to the cultural values through perse architecture, Hoi An also keep an intangible cultural background which is quite bulky. Daily life of the inhabitants of the customs, religious activities, folk art, cultural festivals are being preserved and promoted along with the romantic landscape, the traditional villages, specialty dishes,etc making Hoi An increasingly becoming an attractive destination of visitors from everywhere

Famous silk

Famous silk of Hoi An

Brilliant shimmering lanterns

Brilliant shimmering lanterns

Cao lau - Hoi An

Unforgettable “Cao lau” dishes

Everywhere in Hoi An, you will also encounter friendly eyes, the smile of the people as the host welcomes guests. They welcome visitors, invited guests to buy souvenir items very polite and courteous. Absolutely not unsettled, begging or clinging to tourists.

Sitting on right outside in the midday, you will witness the daily life of people here: fruit vendors, boys and girls are cycling after school hours or workers are cleaning up the town. You will feel life is simple and peaceful in Hoi An

Hoi An Cycling

Cycling tourists around the old town, Hoi An – Vietnam

According to statistics, up to now, Hoi An has 1360 relics and scenic spots. Particularly, the relics are classified into 11 categories, including: 1,068 ancient houses, 19 pagodas, 43 temples of gods, 23 communal houses, 38 church groups, 5 assembly halls, 11 old wells, one bridge, 44 ancient tombs. In the old urban area has 1100 monuments.

If you are wondering about a place where you are intend to travel in VietNam, Hoi An is a good choice.

Source: aroundvn.com

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