Posted by: Johan Normark | April 6, 2009

Hoi An

When my wife and I visited My Son in 2007 we stayed at the riverside town of Hoi An. It was a major international port from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Now it has become a major tourist hub in central Vietnam (a must on the itinery).

Thu Bon River connecting Hoi An with the sea

Thu Bon River connecting Hoi An with the sea

There are plenty of wooden and/or roof-tiled buildings dating to the 18th and 19th centuries, no doubt thanks to the fact that the town was left fairly untouched during the American War.

House with am (yin) and duong (yang) tiles

House with am (yin) and duong (yang) roof tiles

The most famous building in Hoi An is the Japanese covered bridge whose origin can be traced back to the 1590s when it connected the Chinese and Japanese communities of Hoi An. There is a small temple built within the bridge.

The Japanese covered bridge

The Japanese covered bridge

Apart from fantastic architecture, shopping, delicious food and coffee, and nearby beaches, there is a splendid opportunity to spot Vietnamese haecceities moving around in striated spaces.

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