Besides the great old streets and architectural works, Hoi An still have the highlights that each visitor will remember when once set foot in this ancient town.
The first feeling of many tourists upon arrival in Hoi An is the peaceful atmosphere. On the streets, there are many visitors, even the street stalls but not affect to its inherent quietness. These images created impressive points on the backdrop of the old town’s picture.
Houses here are tubular with the depth of 10 to 40 meters including three spaces for trading, daily living and worshiping. Each building was constructed with wood-frame structure, yin-yang tiled roof, stone or ceramic floor. In front of the door, there are two round wooden knob carved with the yin and yang symbol, Bagua (eight trigrams) or face of tiger or dragon. Ming An, Cam Pho and Son Phong are three districts where are popular with this architecture.
Japanese Covered Bridge
Bridge is a symbol of the Hoi An ancient town, built by the Japanese merchant in the mid-16th century. This work has a length of 18 m with the tiled roof of yin and yang. On the main gate is a plate was carved with three large Chinese letters “Lai Van Kieu”. In 2 sides of the bridge are two wooden statues: dog statue represents for years of construction, the monkey statue symbolizes for the year of completion. Both symbolic species ere worshiped by ancient Japanese.
There is no Buddha statue inside the Bridge. The main worship space is dedicated to northern god Tran Vo, the guardian of the land who brings happiness for everyone.
Lanterns were once the hobby of people in the old town. Previously, only the noble families hanged lanterns in their house. As time goes on, these ornamented lanterns become more popular and hanged even on the streets.
The materials of the lanterns are bamboo and silk. In particular, the bamboo frames were created elegantly with graceful styles such as round, garlic shape, cake… Silk was wrapped outside help the light become more magical and brilliant.
Hoai River is a tributary of the Thu Bon River flows through the old town. No matter day or night, the serene stream always provides the tourists fantastic experience. It will be lovely when watching the fishing boats or the fishing nets in the daytime or waiting to buy a flower lights drop on the water at night.
The walls on Hoang Van Thu Street are the most photographed walls in Hoi An. In fact, the works belong to the house located on the Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, where is resided by a family of 3 to 4 generations. At first glance, it is quite faint, without any attention. However under the camera lens, the walls become more attractive as the mosses appear in a balance way to create maximum contrast.
The air space in old town is always filled with a pleasant smell of incenses. The people believe that this kind of incense can purify the air, prevent the diseases, for sedation and good sleep, especially exorcism. Therefore, you can catch the small bowls of fragrant incense in front of each store. On the full moon day, holidays, the aroma was chunkier, wandering around footsteps of travelers.
The vehicles were banned to preserve the old town. Currently, the rules are looser, allowing biking in the old town area. Thus, you can easily catch this means everywhere. Bike rental services also become popular to meet the needs of visitors.
Rain in the old town does not hinder the tour in Hoi An of many travelers. On the rainy days, you may catch the travelers with raincoats, walking in the rain, something you rarely see in other tourist destinations. For them, the rains are fun and excitement that offer an interesting experience during the journey.
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