Discover Hoi An’s Fujian Assembly Hall - Hoi An
If you find yourselves in the city of Hoi An, and want to experience something different for a change, then rent a bike or walk to the city’s Fujian Assembly Hall. Although Hoi An does have numerous other attractions, like its beach and old town, this structure – which is visibly pronounced due to its red brick wall and Chinese style roof – has become one of the city’s most famous halls. Do not think that the Fujian Assembly Hall is just a place for people to meet and greet because, historically, this building holds an important place for both the Fujian ethnic group and the people of Hoi An.
Built in 1960, the Chinese Fujian ethnic group used this building to socialize, as expected, however, over time this hall was converted to a temple, which is how majority of the people who enter here use it today. One other reason as to why the Fujian Assembly Hall is flocked by many is that it has been labeled as a World Cultural Heritage site. It usually sparks the interests of those who want to see its spectacular architectural design because, besides the striking red entrance, its spotlight is given to the temple that is dedicated to the sea goddess Thien Hau. Its courtyard is brought to life with the vibrant colors of flowers and plants, and the sounds of fountains, as the sculptures of other gods and delicately carved dragon statues, are placed around the area.
If you want to see the assembly hall in action, strategically book your visits to the Chinese Lunar New Year. During the 23rd day of the 3rd month, the people of Hoi An celebrate the Lady Thien Hau Worshiping festival to honor the goddess, who has been protecting them from the weather. It is an exciting local event wherein everyone pitches in and prays for happiness, prosperity, and fulfillment. Trip Guru would like to advice potential visitors that if they are planning to check out Fujian Assembly Hall, they must adhere to the dress codes given by most temples. Though it is not strictly imposed, it is still better to present yourselves in a respectable manner, so that the locals would not be put off by your actions.
Getting to the Fujian Assembly Hall is quite simple, since anyone can easily travel there by bike or on foot to its address on 46 Tran Phu Street. There is no entrance fee and it is open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.
What our experts tell about this experience.
Personally.. what I admire most about the assembly hall is the gate. The design of this Vietnamese one is like no other in Cambodia or Laos. It’s just different. I really think that this is a great way to present the Chinese culture for the tourists and of course for others who don’t know. The place is also just a wonder..Very photogenic too.
Everything goes on real slow around here. Very calm and relaxing like. The sculptures are very detailed and amazingly beautiful. The gardens at the back is in my gallery of photos taking up a lot of space. It’s quite the scene! The decoration that they have hanging up and all around is very inviting.
The assembly hall was okay. It is definitely different from my backyard garden, that’s for sure. However, I felt like there wasn’t much too it. The redness of it certainly made it unique, but either than that it was alright. It is still a good place to visit though if you are not into the sites of the city.