Ancient houses & assembly halls in Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient Town captivates visitors not only with its stunning architecture and charming streets but also with its rich cultural heritage, preserved through the centuries. Notable among these treasures are the Cantonese assembly halls (hoi quan), known for their intricate carvings and vibrant decorations, and the ancient houses, which offer a glimpse into the town’s historical way of life.

Cantonese assembly hall: The cultural and spiritual beauty of Hoi An

1. Phuc Kien Assembly Hall: The worship hall of past era

This historic site is renowned for its spiritual allure, enriched by countless stories of mystical experiences and fulfilled wishes. 

Upon entering the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, you will be immersed in a world of red, a color symbolizing luck, prosperity, and a bountiful life in Chinese culture. Central to it is the worship area for Thien Hau Thanh Mau, the goddess who protects fishermen and merchants. During the days when Hoi An was a bustling trading port, people frequently visited to pray for safe and favorable weather conditions. The hall also honors the goddesses of birth. Thus, it draws many visitors, both local and international, who seek blessings for family well-being and successful family planning.

  • Address: 46 Tran Phu Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.

2. Hai Nam Assembly Hall: A tragic story of 108 Hainan merchants

Originally established as a vibrant center for the Hainanese immigrant community, the Hai Nam Assembly Hall underwent a profound transformation into a solemn memorial following a tragic event in which 108 Hainanese merchants faced an unjust fate due to the wrong accusation of piracy. In a gesture of justice, Emperor Tu Duc posthumously exonerated them, bestowing upon them a revered title and establishing their worship within the hall.

The hall’s altars are adorned with meticulously carved designs and gold inlays, depicting scenes from the earthly, celestial, and aquatic realms. These exquisite works of art stand as enduring testaments to the unparalleled skill of ancient artisans and the profound reverence of the local community, leaving visitors awe-inspired by their beauty and significance.

  • Address: 10 Tran Phu Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.

3. Quang Dong Assembly Hall: The warrior’s shrine honoring general Guan Yu

The Quang Dong Assembly Hall is known for its worship of Guan Yu, a highly respected general in Chinese history. The image of Guan Yu on his Red Hare horse, wielding the Green Dragon Crescent Blade, symbolizes strength and loyalty. Many believe that Guan Yu bestows upon them honesty, courage, and wisdom, which are essential for success in business.

This hall is also famous for the Guan Yu Festival, held annually on the 24th day of the 6th lunar month. It is a vibrant local celebration that offers a genuine glimpse into centuries-old Chinese culture.

  • Address: 176 Tran Phu Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.

Hoi An’s ancient houses: The echoes of the past

1. Tan Ky Ancient House – An over-200-year-old museum

Built in 1741, the Tan Ky Ancient House has preserved its original architecture and numerous valuable artifacts thanks to the use of rare, durable wood materials, ensuring its lasting legacy.

From the outside in, you will find a harmonious blend of Chinese and Japanese styles, featuring a distinctive two-story, three-compartment structure with yin-yang tile roofs reminiscent of a bygone era. As you explore further, you’ll encounter many awe-inspiring displays.

The highlight of Tan Ky Ancient House is the living room, designed according to the five elements of feng shui and adorned with unique antique items. Among these treasures is the “Confucius Cup,” a 600-year-old heirloom cherished by seven generations of the Le family.

Additionally, two small corners in the living room are dedicated to displaying souvenirs. You can stop by to explore and hunt unique gifts for your friends and family,

  • Address: 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.

2. Phung Hung Ancient House – A Cultural Convergence of China, Japan, and Vietnam

Constructed in 1780, the Phung Hung Ancient House is a precious architectural gem, embodying a sophisticated blend of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese cultures. Adorned with intricate designs and colors influenced by the ancient Chinese style, the main doors, windows, and balcony exude an air of elegance that whispers tales of centuries past. Stepping under the majestic central roof, you will feel transported to the tranquil landscapes of Edo-period Japan due to the Japanese signature architecture: “tu hai” (four oceans). The final touch is the beams and columns system in the front and rear compartments, which reflect the essence of Vietnamese rural villages. This architectural synthesis of the three cultures offers a sense of novelty and familiarity. 

 

As you wander through its hallowed halls, you’ll find yourself captivated by more than just its architectural grandeur. For here, every corner tells a story, every artifact whispers secrets of a bygone era. And amidst the whispers of history and the echoes of time, you’ll discover a beauty that transcends the ages—a truly timeless beauty

  • Address: 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.

3. Duc An Ancient House – A symbol of patriotism

Its name means “maintaining virtue for peace,” was originally a bookstore founded by the third-generation ancestor of the Phan family, specializing in Han-Nom books. This place then became a familiar destination for renowned Vietnamese patriots like Huynh Thuc Khang and Tran Quy Cap, who used literature to fuel the spirit of patriotism during the dark days of colonial rule.

Notably, Đức An is the birthplace of Cao Hong Lanh, a person who held the founding meeting of the Hoi An Revolutionary Youth Association in October 1927. More than a historical site; it is a living testament to Vietnam’s pride and patriotism, which have been passed down through generations. Wandering through its rooms, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the nation’s heroic past and the unwavering spirit of the Vietnamese people.

  • Address: 129 Tran Phu Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.

We sincerely hope these recommendations above will help enhance your travel experience, add an extra layer of delight to your itinerary, and leave a memorable imprint on your journey. 

At Da Nang International Terminal, we are eagerly awaiting your arrival, ready to provide you with a warm and hospitable welcome. Let us be your gateway to an extraordinary journey filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories. See you soon!

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