Hoi An – A World Heritage Site

Hoi An is a coastal town of Quang Nam province in Central Vietnam. The town is a great example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. This Ancient Town was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.


Excavation researches have proved the evidence of Sa Huynh Culture here. Sa Huynh is the base of Champa kingdom’s civilization. The Cham are skillful at coastal and river transport which made them engage in international trade. After the Viet defeated the Cham in 1471, Hoi An became part of Dai Viet kingdom (the former name of Vietnam).

Hoi An estuary once had lots of lakes, rivers and islands. The ancient name of this estuary is Cua Dai Chiem meaning “Great Cham Estuary”. Researchers believe Hoi An was the seaport for former capital of Tra Kieu and My Son sanctuary.

The town is located on the banks of Thu Bon River by the sea. In the early days, this site was already a busy harbor serving trade between Southeast Asia, China and Japan. 

Hoi An at present

Due to people’s awareness and local policies, the town has been well preserved.  Its architect reflects the influences of both indigenous and foreign. Beside that it is well known for lots of attractions such as famous silk tailor shops, lantern lit streets, shoes makers, museums, communal houses and organic vegetable village. All these things make Hoi An one of the most fascinating destinations in Vietnam.

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