Hoi An’s Fujian Assembly Hall
Marvel at the Opulent Beauty of Hoi An’s Fujian Assembly Hall
About: 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 Fujian Assembly Hall Hoi An. Although the city does have numerous other attractions like its beachand Old Town, this structure – visibly pronounced due to its red brick wall and Chinese-style roof – has become one of the city’s most famous. Historically, this building holds an important place for both the Fujian ethnic group and the people of Hoi An...
History: Built in 1960, the Chinese Fujian ethnic group used this building to, as expected, socialize. However, over time this hall was converted to a temple – dedicated to the sea goddess Thien Hau – which is how majority of the people who enter here use it today.
After the Fujian temple was labeled a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, many have flocked to it for its cultural significance. It has sparked the interest of those who want to see its singular architectural design, starting with the striking red entrance. The courtyard is also worth a tour as it is brought to life with the vibrant colors of flowers and plants, the sounds of trickling fountains, and the sculptures of gods and delicately carved dragon statues.
When to go: If you want to see the assembly hall in action, strategically book your visits during Chinese Lunar New Year. During the 23rd day of the 3rd month, the people of Hoi An celebrate the Lady Thien Hau Festival to honor the goddess, said to protect them from storms and monsoons. The exciting local event sees everyone participating and praying for happiness, prosperity and fulfillment.
Dress code: Keep in mind that if you’re planning to check out the Fujian Assembly Hall, you must adhere to the dress codes given by most temples. Though it is not strictly imposed, it is better to be safe than sorry! A general temple dress code states that you must cover your shoulders and knees before entering.
Getting there: Getting to the Fujian Assembly Hall is quite simple since anyone can easily travel 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.
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