Hoi An is an ancient town located in downstream of Thu Bon river. It was recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage in 1999. During 17th and 18th century, it was known as a crowded trading port of South East Asia. A lot of businessmen from all over the world came here to make commercial transactions.
By 19th century, sea transportation was not as important as before, Hoi An port lose its importance. Consequently, French people began to invest in Da Nang.
Through the course of time, Hoi An was lucky not to be destroyed by war. Especially, unlike other cities in Vietnam, it was not urbanized. By 1980s, it caught public attention for its architectural and cultural value. From then on, Hoi An became a travelling spot, attracting visitors from many countries to visit.
According to current statistics, Hoi An has 1360 historical and scenic sites in total. These including 1068 ancient buildings, 19 pagodas, 43 temples, 38 churches, 5 communal houses, 11 ancient wells, 1 bridge and 41 tombs.
Not only does Hoi An have cultural value, it’s also managed to preserve its traditions and customs. It is the place that marks the cultural exchange of Vietnamese and Champa people.
Visiting Hoi An, you will have chance to discover the unique culture of an exceptional well-preserved example of a South-East Asia trading port.