Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Hoi An

Tan Ky House

Tan Ky House

Built two centuries ago by an ethnically Vietnamese family, this gem of a house has been lovingly preserved through seven generations. Look out for signs of Japanese and Chinese influences in the architecture....

Top ChoiceBridge in Hoi An

Japanese Covered Bridge

Japanese Covered Bridge

Emblematic of Hoi An, this beautiful bridge was first constructed in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link it with the Chinese quarters. Over the centuries the ornamentation has remained relatively faithful...

Top ChoiceTemple in Hoi An

Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation

Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation

Originally a traditional assembly hall (or guildhall), this structure was later transformed into a temple for the worship of Thien Hau, a deity who protects seafarers. The green-tiled triple gateway dates from...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Hoi An

Tran Family Chapel

Built for worshipping family ancestors of the Tran (陳) clan, this chapel (more accurately an ancestral hall) dates back to 1802. It was commissioned by Tran Tu, a member of the clan who ascended to the rank of...

Area in Hoi An

Hoi An Old Town

By Unesco decree, more than 800 historic buildings in Hoi An have been preserved, so much of the Old Town looks as it did several centuries ago. Eighteen of these buildings are open to visitors and require an Old...

Confucian Temple in Hoi An

Confucius Temple

Behind an impressive gate emblazoned with Chinese chu nho characters that simply translate as 'Confucius Temple', this magnificent temple to the west of all the action is a colourful explosion of ceramic tiles....

Historic Building in Hoi An

Phung Hung Old House

Just a few steps down from the Japanese Covered Bridge, this old house has a wide, welcoming entrance hall decorated with exquisite lanterns, wall hangings and embroidery. You can walk out onto a balcony and...

Museum in Hoi An

Precious Heritage

Hoi An–based French photographer Réhahn has conceived this cross between museum and gallery, combining his outstanding photos of Vietnam's hill tribes with artefacts and clothing he collected from each group...

Historic Building in Hoi An

Assembly Hall of the Hainan Chinese Congregation

Built in 1851, this assembly hall is a memorial to 108 merchants from Hainan Island who were mistaken for pirates and killed in Quang Nam province. The elaborate dais contains plaques to their memory. In front of...

Confucian Temple in Hoi An

Quan Cong Temple

Quan Cong Temple

Founded in 1653, this small temple is dedicated to Quan Cong, an esteemed Chinese general who is worshipped as a symbol of loyalty, sincerity, integrity and justice. His partially gilded statue, made of papier...

Buddhist Temple in Hoi An

Phuoc Lam Pagoda

Phuoc Lam Pagoda

This pagoda (founded in the mid-17th century) is associated with An Thiem, a Vietnamese prodigy and monk from the age of eight. When he was 18, he volunteered for the army so his brothers could escape the draft;...

Historic Building in Hoi An

Chinese All-Community Assembly Hall

Founded in 1773, this assembly hall was used by Fujian, Cantonese, Hainanese, Chaozhou and Hakka congregations in Hoi An. To the right of the entrance are portraits of Chinese resistance heroes in Vietnam who...

Island in Hoi An

Cam Kim Island

The master woodcarvers who crafted the intricate detail adorning Hoi An’s public buildings and the historic homes of the town’s merchants came from Kim Bong village on Cam Kim Island. Most of the woodcarvings on...

Historic Building in Hoi An

Tran Duong House

Tran Duong House

There’s a whole block of colonnaded French colonial buildings on Ð Phan Boi Chau between Nos 22 and 73, among them the 19th-century Tran Duong House. It’s still a private home, so a family member will show you...

Landmark in Hoi An

Ba Le Well

This square well’s claim to fame is that it’s the source of water for making authentic cao lau, a Hoi An speciality. The well is said to date from Cham times and elderly people make their daily pilgrimage to fill...

Museum in Hoi An

Museum of Trading Ceramics

Occupies a restored wooden house and contains a small collection of artefacts from all over Asia, with oddities from as far afield as Egypt. While this reveals that Hoi An had some rather impressive trading...

Buddhist Temple in Hoi An

Chuc Thanh Pagoda

Founded in 1454 by a Buddhist monk from China, this is the oldest pagoda in Hoi An. Among the antique ritual objects still in use are several bells, a stone gong that is two centuries old and a carp-shaped wooden...

Historic Building in Hoi An

Quan Thang House

This house is three centuries old and was built by a Chinese captain. As usual, the architecture includes Japanese and Chinese elements. There are some especially fine carvings of peacocks and flowers on the teak...