Hoi An: Vietnam
The small town of Hoi An (Hoi An) the multitude of details is in the center of Vietnam, with a taste old and traditional, and Chinese, Japanese and French, influences have earned the recognition of heritage.
Bathed by the Thu Bon River, it was an important fishing port during the 16th to the 18th, the old town of Hoi An is preserved intact, in part because during the war most of the attacks concentrated by the neighboring city of Hue, and that existing laws prohibit alter buildings and even the movement of cars on its streets.
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An's population travels by bicycle or motorbike. This mixture of old and new leaves prints like this: small motorcycles huddled near the front of a building several centuries old.
Motorcycles in Hoi An, Vietnam
Japanese Covered Bridge Hoi AnThe most characteristic of Hoi An is undoubtedly the Japanese covered bridge. It's the best example of the last trade of the city of Hoi An, built by the Hoi An's Japanese merchants, dates from the end of the 16th century (year 1593) and its purpose was to join the shopping district (situated in the West part) Japanese with the Chinatown of Hoi An, in the this part of the city. It currently serves as a nexus of Trần Phú and Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai streets.
Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam
The Japanese Covered BridgeThe bridge is built in wood and stone, facades in reddish color and gray tile roofs. The structure sits on a few small arches resting on a tiny tributary of the Thu Bon River (Sông Thu Bồn). The roofs are decorated by wood carvings.
This monument is quite popular with the local population, which is not very difficult to find wedding couples making their wedding story, dressed in the Vietnamese traditional dress (Ao Dai).
Vietnamese Girl against the Japanese bridge of Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam - Japanese Bridge
Interior of Hoi An Japanese BridgeThe interior is made of wood, decorated with the typical craftsmanship of Hoi An lanterns. Both ends of the bridge are custodiadados by guardians: dogs at one end and at the other monkeys. At the north end, a Vietnamese Temple in the year 1719. The Vietnamese people renamed this bridge as Bridge Lai Vien Kieu (Lai viễn kiều), whose translation to the Spanish means Bridge in the distance, also recorded the new name over the door of the temple. Following the passage of the years, this bridge still knows as the Japanese bridge of Hoi An.
Street vendor in Hoi An, Vietnam
Guardians Japanese BridgeThis is a photo of one of the guardians of the bridge, the dog.
Guardian Dog inside the Japanese bridge of Hoi An, Vietnam
Vietnamese Altar inside the Japanese BridgeThis is the entrance to the altar inside the bridge, which is written the name of the new bridge. The altar is presided over by a statue of Bac De, the reincarnation of the Jade Emperor.
Interior Japanese Bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An beachHoi An, with its heritage Chinese, Japanese and French influences, attracts many tourists, however, its beaches is what seduces visitors. Crystal clear water, white sand and a tropical climate, the beaches of Hoi An have nothing to envy to the Caribbean beaches.
Hoi An beach
Vietnamese beauty icon is white skin, why the Vietnamese people in general and women in particular, avoid the sun at all costs. This translates to deserted beaches during the day, and crowded beaches overnight. People come for the beaches late at night to play sports or walk.
Crafts in Hoi AnFor lovers of the shopping Hoi An has a lot to offer. The atmosphere is not the typical environment Markets in Vietnam as in Hanoi, but that walking through the old town we have many small shops, normally narrow two-storey houses, where we can buy dresses of silk, costumes, paintings, pictures and other crafts. Probably the most striking of the Hoi An town are its colors lanterns, in any other city of Vietnam we have seen a few designs, colours and qualities comparable to the the city of Hoi An town.
Handmade lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam
Town of Hoi An
The Hoi RioThe city of Hoi An is crossed by the Thu Bon River (Sông Thu Bồn), nerve center of the city, the narrow Vietnamese houses rise up on both sides. Its waters sail small boats of fishermen, since the River is not deep enough to allow the passage of larger vessels.
Rio de Hoi An (Vietnam)
Many small wooden bridges crossing over the river, allowing passage between banks. As a curiosity, we know that the bottom of the river is very muddy, coupled with heavy rains, typical tropical climate of Vietnam, and the absence of channeling, makes the Thu Bon River to overflow with relative frequency. On more than one occasion I have seen the waters of the river to get to hide some of the lowest bridges that cross the river.
Bridge on the Thu Bon River
However, the Vietnamese legend leaves us an alternative explanation to the various flood and natural disasters in the area. The legend says, that a terrible Monster whose head was in India, his tail in Japan and his body in Vietnam, was guilty of all these disasters. Each time that the huge Monster moved, an earthquake or an inhundacion ravaging the area.
Houses along the Thu Bon River in Hoi An, Vietnam
Bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam
Fishermen in Hoi AnThe friendly people of Hoi An, remain unmoved by the growing tourism in Vietnam. Fishermen kindly teach us their catch, as we sail down the river of Hoi An
Fishermen in Hoi An, Vietnam
A charming postcard, Hoi An old fisherman, with Vietnamese traditional hatSitting on his boat.
Fisherman in boat. Hoi An, Vietnam
Boats in Hoi AnFishermen in the central zone of Vietnam painted eyes to boats, as if people are treated, so to see the road. In other areas of Vietnam (as for example, in the) Halong Bay) Design that is painted on the boats is different.
Sailing boat on Hoi An, Vietnam
Sightseeing tour of Hoi AnTo visit the old town of Hoi An has to be done on foot, or rent a bicycle or motorbike failing. Hoi An, besides the Japanese Covered Bridge, offers the following points of interest:
- Museum of the Sa Huynh culture (Sa Huỳnh): Street Tran Phu No. 149, where we can contemplate a collection of funerary vessels of more than 2000 years old.
- Phung Hung House (Nha cổ Phùong Hưng): Street Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai No.4, residence during more than 8 generations of one of the city's richest families. Whose main business was the wood, spices, silk and porcelain.
- Tan Ky House (Nha cổ Tấn Ký): Street Nguyen Thai Học No. 101, undoubtedly the most famous of the houses in the city. In its interior we can see the traditional architecture of the 17TH century.
- Quan Thang House (Nha cổ Quân Thắng): Street Tran Phu No. 77, House that it is in turn a shop or store which in turn is a House that we visit.
- Chapel of the Tran family (Nhà thờ cổ tộc Trần): Street Lê Lợi No. 21, influential Chinese family that resided in Vietnam, built an altar or chapel to honor their ancestors. With the passage of the years, descendants will have been marrying Vietnamese, so that the chapel has Chinese and Vietnamese influences.
- Cantonese Assembly Hall (Hội quan Quảng Đong): Street Tran Phu No. 17, known with the name of Hall of assemblies Quang Dong, by its outward appearance may seem like a temple.
Streets of Hoi An, Vietnam
Streets of Hoian, Vietnam
Cantonese Assembly Hall: Quang Dong Assembly Hall
Assembly Hall: An Hoi PagodaIts name comes from the Chinese Guangdong Province, built in the year 1786 by merchants and sailors. Cantonese Assembly Hall (Hoi quan Quang Đong) by its outward appearance resembles me more to a pagoda or a few of the temples of the Hue Citadelto a room of assemblies, and rightly we are not wrong, was used as a place of veneration of the Quan Cong Warrior and the goddess of the sea Thien Hau. Designated time in the lunar calendar, for example, Chinese new year or the Tết holiday, this place served to celebrate the festival.
Pagoda in Hoi An, Vietnam
The room Asambles, Hoi Pagoda
Cantonese Assembly Hall (Pagoda in Hoian, Vietnam)
Cantonese Assembly Hall. Hoi An
Assembly Hall of Quang Dong Hoi An
Assembly Hall. Hoi An, Vietnam
Nightlife in Hoi AnBy nightfall the city of Hoi An is poorly lit by streetlights, however, illuminate our steps farorillos craft. Red is the color par excellence, since in Vietnamese culture means joy and loyalty. Strolling along the river, we can see the farollilos on both sides of the river, and in certain special occasions, boats and paper figures with candles inside.
Nightlife in Hoi An, Vietnam
Nightlife in Hoi An (Vietnam)
Restaurant lit by red lanterns in Hoi An (Vietnam)
Restaurants in Hoi AnWe recommend you dine at any of the many restaurants around the city of Hoi An, yes, that is by the river at dusk.
Restaurant. Hoi An (Vietnam)
Hoi An MarketThe Hoi An's market is not as famous as the Ben Thanh Market city of Ho Chi Minh, but do not lose anything for a ride in this market.
Market Hoi An (Hoi Cho).
Videos of Hoi AnA video of Hoi An boat navigating the River.
Facts about Hoi AnAlthough the famous covered bridge was built by the Japanese, this community had to leave Hoi An in the year 1663, because hereditary Tokugawa Lemitsu prohibited Japanese foreign trade.
Boats Round: Chai ThungIn Hoi An we can see fishermen use a curious fishing boat or rather a small round fishing boat, called Thùng Chai. Its shape resembles a large basket.
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