May 2018. This ancient Chinese assembly hall, dating back to 1690, is just one of Hoi An’s many protected, World Cultural Heritage sites located in the old town. It was originally created as a social centre for the region’s Chinese community originally from Fujian province.
May 2018. The complex also became an established temple in the name of Thien Hau, a Chinese sea goddess. The gorgeous temple is located in a spotless garden courtyard.
May 2018. Most people pass straight through without pausing, but it’s well worth grabbing a cold drink from the shop and dropping onto one of the benches. With soft traditional Chinese music lilting in the background and the odd butterfly flapping by, it’s a moment well worth savoring.
May 2018. The interior isn’t too shabby either. Predominantly decked out in red and gold, there are twisting carved dragons, fruit-stuffed altars, suspended fairies and unicorn statues. One altar is particularly famous for childless couples who come to pray for fertility aid.
May 2018. A pair of magnificent paintings dominates the main entrance hall. Thien Hau is thought to give safe passage to sailors during storms, so family members would come here to pay their respects, leave some fruit and hope for the best.
Hoi An’s old town is a mesemerizing open-air museum of historical buildings. There are numerous booths selling tickets. The minimum purchase is a five-ticket stub priced at 120.000VND (£4/€4.45/$5.20). This allows you to pick and choose the buildings you want to enter. Do your research and choose well, your stub can be stretched out over several days. If you use all five and want to see more, just grab another stub!
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