Hanoi (VNA) – After two calm years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Hoi An is once again lively as it is one of the two destinations selected by the provincial authorities to reopen its doors in international tourists.
Located in the lower part of Thu Bon River In the coastal plain of Quang Nam province, about 30 km south of Da Nang city, Hoi An is known in the international market by various names such as Lam Ap, Faifo, Hoai Pho and Hoi An. The only port -Southeast Asian market in Vietnam and very rare in the world, Hoi An canned nearly 1,360 architectural remains intact. These include streets, houses, meeting rooms, communal houses, pagodas, shrines, clan houses, ancient wells and tombs. They exhibit both the characteristics of traditional Vietnamese art and the convergence of Eastern and Western cultures.
The cultural and economic exchanges that took place from the 16th to the 19th century left in ancient Hoi An most forms of ancient Vietnamese architecture, bringing together traditional national arts enriched with sketches of foreign arts.
Researchers argue that Hoi An’s ancient architecture was renewed in the early 19th century, but the real starting point could be much earlier. The ancient architecture is most visible in the ancient quarter located inside the Minh An district, covering about 2 km² and housing most of the famous relics of Hoi An.
The streets of the old quarter are short, narrow and crisscrossing.
The architectural works there were mostly built from traditional materials, including brick and wood, and they do not exceed two storeys.
It is easy for tourists to recognize the traces of time not only in the architectural design of each building but also everywhere else, moss-covered tiled roofs, walls, sculptures depicting a strange creature or an ancient story. It is a convergence of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Cham artisans. Each construction still bears the cultural characteristics of many nations. Today, Hoi An is still the home of thousands of residents, serving as a living museum in terms of architecture and urban lifestyle.
Through the centuries, the customs and practices, rites, cultural and belief activities as well as traditional foods of Hoi An are still preserved and preserved with generations of former street dwellers. The city also benefits from a healthy and peaceful natural environment with small suburban villages engaged in handicrafts like carpentry and pottery.
After testing negative for COVID-19, the first foreign visitors under the “passport to vaccines” pilot program toured the ancient city on November 11.
Hoi An People’s Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Van Lanh expressed gratitude to visitors for choosing Hoi An as the first destination of their Vietnam trip.
It has taken great efforts from local authorities and the population over the past two years to be able to welcome foreign tourists again and make Hoi An a safe and friendly destination, he said, adding that ‘he expects to see Hoi An and Quang Nam at large regaining his reputation. /.
On December 4, 1999, in the city of Marrakech in Morocco, the 23rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee officially inscribed the ancient city of Hoi An on the list of cultural remains of the world.
He is honored by many famous travel magazines. In July 2019, with 90.39 points, Hoi An was voted by Travel and Leisure travel magazine as the most attractive city in the world that year. It is also the first tourist site in Vietnam honored by the Google Doodle.