Vietnam and Hoi An!!

And here I continue my memory lane of Vietnam with a visit ,briefly, to historical Hoi An. Wonderful moments as we arrived there at night!!! Road warrior trip in Vietnam!!

Let me tell you a bit about Hoi An in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy this memorable post.

Hội An is located in Quảng Nam Province, 30 km south of Đà Nẵng (see post), on the Thu Bồn River. We were travelling by car and stop briefly here at night!

Formerly, Hội An was called Faifo in French, a name in official use during the colonial period. The old town of Hoi An remains an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Far Eastern port. Various architectural styles are found in Hội An from Chinese, Japanese, and French. Eight hundred and forty-four buildings are listed for their historical and architectural interest!! I need to come back!!!

One of the most interesting monuments is the Japanese Pagoda Bridge or Chùa Cầu, a covered bridge built in 1593 to connect the neighborhoods inhabited by Chinese and Japanese communities. Each end is guarded by a couple of statues, showing dogs on one side and monkeys on the other. Many houses are built of black and very hard wood, the jackfruit

What I saw most impressive and even time for a photo was the Temple pagoda of Quan Cong. This was built in the mid-17C, the temple was founded in honor of Quan Cong, a famous Chinese general who lived in the late 2C. Praised by the Chinese and Vietnamese communities, it is the symbol of loyalty, sincerity, integrity and justice. Built similarly to the shape of the Chinese letter “quốc”, the majestic architectural style of the temple expresses philosophical and moral subjects of human life. To the left of the temple, the statue of General Chau Xuong, one of Quan Cong’s guardians, strikes an advantageous pose. Mandarin roundabout Quan Binh stands on the right. A life-size white horse is reminiscent of Quan Cong’s mount before he was offered a red horse of exceptional endurance. The names of the generous donors appear on stone plaques sealed in the walls. Carp-shaped objects decorate the roof which surrounds the courtyard; the carp, symbol of patience in Chinese mythology, is frequently found in Hoi An.

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Here is more on the Vietnam site webpage on Hoi An:

And the official Vietnam tourist office on Hoi An:

A wonderful passing as heard this Hoi An is a nice historical city in Vietnam. Of course, this is just a taste, I need to come back!! The whole road warrior trip was excellent, see my post on Da Nang. Hope you enjoy this post

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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