Discover The Old Houses of Hoi An’s Ancient Town - Hoi An
Travelers, who have an interest in historical architectures, should definitely visit the city of Hoi An in Vietnam. Though the country is also known for its motorcycles that zoom up and down the streets, and its iconic conical shaped grass hats, this country offers a lot of things that is old, new, and everything in between. Because of this, travelers – both new and those who have returned – are always amazed by the things that spark their senses. If ever you do find yourself near or in Hoi An, do not forget to visit its ancient town – especially if you want to get a glimpse of the country’s past.
The city of Hoi An is known today as an authentic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its ability to preserve the memories of the past has made this town one of the country’s most visited attractions, and boasts a romantic, scenic, and delightful atmosphere. From the canals that pass under the Japanese inspired bridges to the shops that sell local wares and fares, the ways of exploring this town is limitless. However, if you want to understand the Hoi An culture of today, Trip Guru suggests that you visit the town’s famous old houses.
There are three houses to choose from namely, Quan Thang, Tan Ky, and Phung Hung. Each ancient building has its own unique design, which a lot of aspiring designers can get their inspirations from. On 77 Tran Phu st. The Quan Thang ancient house is one of the nicest residences that can be found in Hoi An. Standing for more than 150 years, its Hoa Ha, China style – which can be found both in the interior and exterior of the building – as well as the sculptures made by craftsmen of Kim Bong carpentry village. On 10i Nguyen Thai Hoc st. The Tan Ky home (which is the oldest of the three) is designed to look like a typical Hoi An house, but is filled with skillfully caved symbols of dragons, fruits, weapons, and silk fillets – emulating the status of its owners. Finally, the Phung Hung ancient house, which is found in 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St., is built with a high wooden ceiling and exhibits a lot of information about the lifestyles of the merchants of long ago.
Trip Guru would like to remind future visitors that in order to get to these wonderfully preserved structures, they need to head towards Hoi An’s ancient town. You can take any taxi or hop on the correct bus from Da Nang International airport, and once you arrive in the town, you can either rent a bike or walk towards your destination. There is however, an entrance fee and it costs around 80,000 VND for Vietnamese visitors, and 120,000 VND for foreigners.
What our experts tell about this experience.
This is what you call the art of arts. The architecture is just damn fine. Three or more centuries old of the 3 style of houses that they have here. Tan Ky, Quan Thang and Phung Hung. They are all different and have different histories. It was quite interesting and hey.. made me think when I’m going to build a house for my future family, I’m going to mix a bit of this old style into the modern style..
The three different style of houses that they used to have here are quite authentic! I was really awed about the designs and the way they lay things out. Just like stepping into an old movie! My favorite was the Tan Ky one because I like the history about dragons.. and here were a lot of dragon carvings. Many other carvings too of course but this happened to be my preference.