The Old Houses of Hoi An’s Ancient Town
Travelers who have an interest in historical architecture should definitely visit the city of Hoi An in Vietnam
Travelers who have an interest in historical architecture should definitely visit the city of Hoi An in Vietnam. Whether new or returning, visitors are are always amazed by the richness of life to spark the senses. If ever you do find yourself near or in Hoi An, do not forget to visit its Old Town 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 memories of the past has made it one of the country’s most visited attractions, with a romantic, scenic, and delightful atmosphere.
From the canals that pass under Japanese-inspired bridges to shops that sell local wares and fares, the ways of exploring this preserved zone are charming to no end. However, if you want to understand the Hoi An culture of today, we suggest that you visit the famous Hoi An old houses.
There are four houses to choose from, namely: Quan Thang, Tan Ky, Duc An, and Phung Hung. Each ancient building has its own unique design and history:
- The Quan Thang ancient house is one of the prettiest houses of Hoi An. Standing for more than 150 years, it was built in Hoa Ha, China style – observed in both the building’s interior and exterior. You can also find sculptures made by the craftsmen of the legendary Kim Bong carpentry village in this house. 77 Tran Phu St.
- The Tan Ky home is designed to look like a typical Hoi An house, but is filled with skillfully carved symbols of dragons, fruits, weapons, and silk fillets – emulating the status of its owners. The house is occupied by a friendly family that provides tours, speaking about family heirlooms and previous generations. 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc St.
- The Duc An Old House has had a colorful history being a bookshop, then a Chinese medicine dispensary, before becoming the center of anti-French activity. Quite large, its design is a combination of Vietnamese and Chinese influences. 129 Tran Phu St.
- The Phung Hung ancient house, built with a high wooden ceiling, puts a lot of information on display about how the merchants here lived long ago. 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St.
Getting there: To get to these wonderfully preserved structures, you 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; 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 VND 80,000 for Vietnamese visitors, and VND 120,000 for foreigners.
Hoi An Ancient Town Tour: Japanese Covered Bridge & Old House from Hoi An– Half Day
Hoi An, Vietnam