1/ Japanese Covered Bridge

Japanese Covered Bridge is a pagoda located in a bridge across the stream in Hoian ancient town. This bridge was built by the Japanese merchant in the early 17th century for the convenience of walking and trading between Chinese community and Japanese community. There is also a worshiped place so people usually call it by the name “Chua Cau.

 

With the unique features and great cultural significance, Pagoda Bridge has become an invaluable asset which is officially chosen as a symbol of Hoi An Tourism. It also has the honor to appear in the Vietnamese notes with 20.000 VND value.

Address: Tran Phu, Hoi An

Time to visit: 24 Hours

Duration: 30 Minutes

2/Phuc Kien Assembly Hall

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, located at No. 46 on Tran Phu Street, was built in 1697 by the Fujian living in Hoi An. Phuc Kien is famous for the magnificent and majestic beauty in a large space, along with its Chinese architecture style and its sacredness.

As a typical architecture in Hoi An was built in 1697, the Assembly Hall has a “Tam” word style architecture stretching from Tran Phu to Phan Chu Trinh street in order: gate – front yard – Lake – bonsai – two blocks of houses in the East and West – main worship place – backyard – extra worship place.

The first impression when entering the interior is the aquarium with apricot blossom shape and the Dragon Carp statue. Next is the three-arched-entrances gate with a unique architecture. Then is the front yard with lots of pots of bonsai. There are three aquariums arranged in horizontal rows. Two rectangular aquariums that are symmetrical across the circle aquarium in the center. The aquarium on the left side is Great Wall model – symbol of China. The main hall is worshiped for Goddess of Mercy-  Bodhisattva, God of wealth, 3 pregnant Goddesses and 12 Midwives. There are also many worshiped statues, copper drum, copper bells, big incense burners, 14 horizontal lacquered boards and many other valuable artifacts.

Address: 46 Tran Phu, Hoi An

Time to visit: 8 Am – 9 PM

Duration: 30 Minutes

3/ Tan Ky Ancient House

This old house was built over 200 years ago by Tan Ky store. The front of the house can be through Nguyen Thai Hoc Street to trade, the behind is through the riverbank on Bach Dang Street for more convenience of exporting and importing.

The whole house has tubular architecture typical of Hoi An ancient town. Especially, there is no window anywhere but the house has the skylight called sky-well to get the light into the house. However, when stepping here, visitors will not feel uncomfortable, suffocated due to the front, backside, and skylight.

Furnishing materials in Tan Ky old house are mainly valuable wood carved by the craftsman with skillful hands of the famous Kim Bong carpentry of Quang Nam. The motifs, patterns as well as the structure of the house have the meaning, colorful message and the philosophy of the East. Beside wood material, brick and stone were also used in many details such as the floor, exterior, walls, etc. Thanks to solid rock floor system, despite the historical floods, especially in 1964 the flooding water rose up to 2meter, the old house still maintains the origin with the challenge of time.

Address: 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An

Time to visit: 8 Am – 5 Pm

Duration: 30 Minutes

4/ Phung Hung Ancient House

With a life expectancy of over 100 years, Phung Hung old house is located at 04 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. The special structure has a high wooden attic and wide corridors around, showing the development of technical architecture and the interference between Asian styles in Hoi An in the last centuries.

The first Owner of Phung Hung old house was a Vietnamese merchant who was prospered and had extensive exchanges. He named the house as Phung Hung which means the business expectation is always thriving.

This work is a popular type of trading houses in the 19th century in urban Vietnam: The structure like a tubular, wide facade, mainly wood materials. Phung Hung old house is a combination of the three architecture styles: Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese. In particular, balcony and door system is Chinese architecture. The roof of the middle compartment is Japanese architecture called “four sea”. Grillage systems, crossbeam, spars, traditional roofs of facade and backside are Vietnam architecture. The pillars of the house are 80 ironwood columns, all placed on the flat rock to avoid contacting with the ground for prolonging the life of the wood.

Address: 04 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Hoian

Time to visit: 8 Am – 6 Pm

Duration: 30 Minutes