One of my favorites cities

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Monday, October 5, 2009

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Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of my favorite places in Vietnam.  It was once an important port city with ships coming from China, Japan, and Europe.  The Old Town was half Chinese and half Japanese with the (famous) Japanese covered bridge built in 1572 that separated them.  We visited an old house built in 1781 that now houses a embroidery factory where handmade linens are made and sold.   The period Asian furniture and artifacts in the house are interesting and lovely. 

We also walked through town, and visited a Chinese temple that is now used as a Chinese assembly hall.  

Hoi An is also famous for their tailors, and our Tour Director took us to one of the largest (*and best) in town where I purchased two custom made shirts for $56. 

We were also treated to a cooking demonstration at one of the restaurants. 

While there, we were able to see a funeral in progress, a wedding, and plenty of free time to roam and explore on our own.  We were also informed that "The Quiet American" with Michael Cain was filmed here.

From Wiki:
"The city possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and was known as Lm Ấp Phố (Champa City). Between the seventh and 10th centuries, the Cham (people of Champa) controlled the strategic spice trade and with this came tremendous wealth. The boats still used today in Hội An probably have the same hull shape as those used by the Champas for ocean voyages.
The former harbour town of the Cham at the estuary of the Thu Bồn River was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled. During this period of the China trade, the town was called
Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. Originally, Hai Pho was a divided town
with the Japanese settlement across the "Japanese Bridge"(16th-17th century). The bridge (Cha cầu) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side."



On our way to Hoi An

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CHINA BEACH

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Lunch at basket factory

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Visit to school (sponsored by Grand Circle Foundation)

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Hoi An
has remained the same for over 300 years. 
Wiki summarizes it very well with:
  • "Old Town - Hoi An's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many of its historically important sites.
  • The Japanese Covered Bridge dates back to 1600 and is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city.
  • Quan Cong Temple, 24 Tran Phu Street."
Hoi An is also famous for their tailors, and I had two custom made shirts that they delivered the next day to our hotel.  They also filmed "The Quiet American" here in Old Town.

The Chinese-Japanese architecture still remains dominant, and it makes for a very pleasant environment in which to see the sites, shop, and enjoy their many restaurants. 

HOI AN












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Tailor shop

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