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hoi an ancient town
Going Past on Bamboo Bridge, Hoi An
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The ancient town of Hoi An, 30 km south of Danang, lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Quang Nam Province.

Hoi An, a charming ancient town of the 15th century, used to be the biggest sea port and the most important trade center of the country during the 17th and 18th centuries. Merchant ships from many countries such as Holland, Britain, Japan, France, Portugal, China, Indonesia etc. used to anchor here to purchase silk, pottery, tea, pepper and lacquerware of Vietnam.


Its well preserved communal houses, pagodas and other places of worship reflect the presence and influences of the Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Westerners who later settled in the region.

In Hoi An, cycling or walking through the ancient streets of moss-walled buildings that are still preserved nearly the same as those of the 16-17th century seaport gives visitors a strange and interesting feeling.
 
Occupied by early western traders, Hoi An was one of  the major trading centre of South-East Asia during the 16th century. Nowadays, it's more occupied by tourists.

The town has a distinct Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some remain intact. All the houses are made of rare wood and decorated with lacquered boards and panels engraved with Chinese characters. Pillars are also carved with ornamental designs. Nearby are impressive ruins of the Sa Huynh and Champa cultures.
 
Bridge Pagoda

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