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    TAN KY ANCIENT HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2009

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    This certainly doesn't give an impression of anything worth seeing from the outside, but inside, its a different matter, nice and interesting.

    It was built nearly 200 years ago. The owner of the house has preserved its interior design and old furniture, as well as many relics of the prospering trade and cultural exchanges among the Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese in the late 17 century.

    The person who built the house was a Minh Huong (a Chinese native) who came to Vietnam to do business in the 17th century. Seven generations of owners have successively lived here. The house was built from traditional materials, influenced by Chinese and Japanese styles. It is charming and elegant.

    The front hall used to be a shop selling cinnamon, tea, silk, wood and medicines obtained from rare animals' bones.

    The second compartment is the centre of the house. It is bigger than the first one, and it used to be a guest room, but today its used for worshipping as well as receiving guests.

    On 17th February 1990 Tan Ky house was listed as a national historical vestige.

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    Sights to visit

    by magor65 Written Nov 29, 2008

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    Visiting tourist attractions of Hoi An is restricted to five places for one entrance ticket. To make things more complicated, you can't visit any five places of your choice, but each one must fall into a different category. The categories are: museums, assembly halls, old houses, cultural events ( which means either a concert of traditional music or visiting a handicraft workshop) and "other" (the choice of two temples). If you want to visit another attraction, you must buy a new ticket. Swapping the attractions doesn't seem to be possible. Tickets cost about five dollars and can be easily bought in various ticket offices in the Old Town.
    Although the system may seem annoying, I do understand the town's need for funds, especially with the place being haunted by frequent floods which make the task of conservation very urgent.
    From my own experience I can say that one ticket is enough to see the highlights of Hoi An. Luckily, to immerse in its unique atmosphere you don't need any ticket, at all.

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    PHUNG HUNG HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2009

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    In a lane full of beautiful buildings, the old Phung Hung Old House stands out. It's still a family home, having housed eight generations over 226 years.
    The House is over 100 years old, has unique architecture, with high wooden ceilings and large corridors.
    Here you will find information about the lifestyle of merchants who lived in Hoi An, a long time ago.

    On the 29th of June 1993 the house was listed as a national historical vestige.

    Its worth a wander through, some souvenirs, various handicrafts and hand embroidery is on sale here.

    Phung Hung Old House
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    UNESCO World Heritage Site: Hoi An Ancient Town

    by cal6060 Written Jul 31, 2011

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    Ho An is an ancient town with many impressive old architectural buildings, the Cham Nam river divided the town into two areas, the local rich tradition, and historical with settlers' remnants. This town is already famous with tourists from all over the world. Most of the Vietnam travelling video guide will cover this part of Vietnam. You can spend days covering the area with museum, architectures, foods, history, cultures, arts and many more. Overall, it is a beautiful town like living in the past.

    Visit Hoi An Bookstore to buy book to learn more about this town.

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    MY SON - AREA OF C1

    by balhannah Written Oct 11, 2009

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    In this area you will find good 8th century celestial figures. These look to have Javan influence,
    The low, wide belts worn by the figures are thought to be of Indian origin, and it is believed the style came to Cham from Indonesia.

    OPEN 6.30 - 4.30pm daily

    you can take a mini-bus from Hoi An.
    There is an admission charge to pay if not on an organized tour

    Deities on C1
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    Sights and Sounds and Smells....the Market..

    by Greggor58 Written Feb 27, 2010

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    This is certainly a portion of the HEART and SOUL of Hoi An…I say a portion because I think in addition to the market area of Hoi An…the river also plays a significant role in the heartbeat of the city…

    In any event…THE MARKET is a bustling, lively, and colorful MUST see when you’re in town…just to browse the many stalls of goods available...vegetables, eggs, the noodle maker, the lady selling salt by the bag or the man carving wooden Buddha’s …you’ll need to dodge motorbikes and people on bicycle … prepare yourself if you’re in someone’s way to get a strong finger in the small of your back to get you to move out of the way..Ha…It happened a couple of times to me…

    There’s a section sort of off on its own where the fish mongers are at work…buying and selling. but if you arrive after early morning its mostly just selling…

    The smells, the noises, the color all make it a really interesting spot to hang out for a while.
    Just be warned that it’s a busy spot and you really need to keep your wits about you…

    I visited a few times…as this was a way to cut through to our favorite lunch spot.,. the Banana Café…

    You likely cant help but find the market…its along the waterfront street…on Bac Dang Street just West of the bridge that goes over to Can Nam Island…

    COLOUR...The Market,Hoi An,Vietnam. Made her Laugh...The Market,Hoi An,Vietnam. The Salt Lady...The Market,Hoi An,Vietnam. The Wood Carber..The Market,Hoi An,Vietnam. Making..Selling Noodles..The Market,Hoi An,Vietnan
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    QUAN CONG TEMPLE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 10, 2009

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    Quan Cong Temple was recognised as a "National Historic and Cultural Site" on 29 November 1991.

    The temple was built in 1653 and dedicated to Quan Cong, a prominent mandarin of the Han Dynasty. It's been restored many times in (1753, 1783, 1827,1864, 1904 and 1966), and still today, the temple's original structure has been kept almost the same.

    There is a 3mtr statue of Quan Cong, who is dressed in a green royal robe, and is rather red in the face, he has a long beard and his two hands clasped together as he rides a kneeling white horse

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    take a cooking class

    by ellielou Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I've never taken a cooking class, but the one at the Red Bridge Cooking school was highly recommended, and I figure, well, I love Vietnamese food, so what a fun thing to do!

    The classes are held twice during the day, a morning and an evening. You meet at a restaurant, have a morning appropriate beverage, take a tour of the nearby market, take a boat trip on the river to the cooking school, learn about Vietnamese herbs from the cooking school's garden, watch the chef cook, try your hand at cooking yourself, eat, and then take the boat ride back to town. (Well, that's for most people. The chef decided to take me around, so I went back into town via motorbike...a bit more fun, really!)

    Now, about the cooking: Despite being an unrepentant 'foodie,' I have learned that I should never think of changing my career and trying to enter culinary school, but it was fun all the same.

    dissecting squid at the market a mirror behind the chef..is this the food network cooking school entrance smoke (or hot plates) on the water a commuter in the other direction
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    Southeast Asian fairytale: Sunset in Hoi An

    by King_Golo Written Jun 28, 2005

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    When in Hoi An, don't miss going to the river in the early evening. You can rent a rowing boat just next to the market hall (appr. VND 10.000-15.000). Look out for Tung - he's a friendly and funny guy (if you can make out what he wants to say...), and he'll row you around for about an hour. Try to do this shortly before the sunset and you'll feel like gliding on liquid gold. Another good place to be is Cam Nam Bridge. It's the big bridge that is open to cars, too. From Cam Nam Bridge, you'll have a wonderful view onto the market and its hustling and bustling. In the soft evening light, this view could be from a southeast Asian fairytale! Watch the vendors calling for potential customers, washing their lettuce or having a chat with their neighbor. Enjoy the atmosphere of the market, and if brave enough, go there and buy something yourself! Remember to haggle over everything - otherwise people will cheat you.

    Tung, rowing in Hoi An

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    THE "FRESH" MARKETS AT HOI AN

    by balhannah Updated Oct 10, 2009

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    Hoi An, and if you really want to see the locals going about there business at the wet markets, then you must be up early, just past dawn.

    At this time, the Market is a buzzing hive, so busy, its when you see all the fresh fish, vegetables, meat etc for sale, the sellers arriving with boats full of their goods, ready for sale at the markets.

    Dawn at Hoi An Markets Fresh fish for sale

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    HAINAN ASSEMBLY HALL

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2009

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    Built in 1851, the Assembly Hall of the Hainan Chinese Congregation is a memorial to 107 merchants from Hainan Island who were mistaken for pirates and killed in Quang Nam province during the reign of Emperor Tu Duc. The elaborate dais contains plaques to their memorY, and infront of the central altar is a fine gilded woodcarving of Chinese court life. These Chinese served the community and organised Hainan religious activities.

    ADMISSION..........
    Entry to all historical sites in Hoi An is via a coupon system, where VND75,000 gets you a ticket that can be used to enter five attractions: one museum, one assembly hall, the handicraft workshop or the traditional theatre, and either the Japanese Bridge or the Guangong Temple. Tickets are sold at various entry points into the old town.

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    JAPANESE BRIDGE

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2009

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    The Japanese Covered Bridge has been officially selected to be the symbol of Hoi An.

    Constructed in the middle of the 16th century by Japanese merchants in Hoi An, the bridge has two entrances that are guarded by a pair of monkeys on one side and a pair of dogs on the other.
    It has a patterned roof, has been restored many times, losing its original Japanese design.

    According to legend, these once lived an enormous monster called Cu whose head was in India, its tail in Japan and its body in Vietnam. Whenever the monster moved, terrible disaster such as floods and earthquake befell these places.

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    WALK HOI AN

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2009

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    One question that you see on the forum often is.....Can you walk Hoi An or do you need to do a tour?

    Well, the answer is "YES" walk Hoi An.........No tour is needed.

    It is all flat, easy going walking, situated in a compact area. If you do happen to tire, then there are plenty of cyclo's, bicycle (HIRE) or motorbike taxi's willing to take you back to your Hotel.

    There are lots and lots of shops, selling all kinds of different articles, the waterfront area, Wooden Houses, Silk Shops, heaps and heaps of Tailors, Temples, Historical sites, the Markets and more, all easily visited on foot.

    It will only take a half hour to walk from one end to the other, of course, longer when stopping, looking at things on the way, but this gives you an idea of the area you cover.

    Walking the streets of Hoi An
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    How to spend time in Hoi An

    by magor65 Written Nov 29, 2008

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    Hoi An is often described as a 'living museum' and it is not a mere reconstruction for tourists but an authentic working town. So if you are tired of visiting its numerous tourist attractions it can be a good idea to walk leisurely around and enjoy people watching.
    Hoi An is also renowned for its tailors. Many tourists leave the place with their suitcases filled with made-to-measure clothes for just a fraction of a western price (buying a dress for 10 dollars or a suit for 25 won't definitely ruin your budget). You can make your order on one day and your garment will be ready for the next day.
    When you feel hungry, go to one of many restaurants facing the river and sample their delicious food. Being rather conservative with new dishes, I usually opted for fried rice or spring rolls, and I loved them.
    What is important, Hoi An is a small town. You don't need any transport to explore it, just a pair of your own legs. The old Town is closed to cars, which is a relief after visiting other Vietnamese citiies.

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    Concert of traditional music

    by magor65 Updated Nov 29, 2008

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    The entrance ticket to Hoi An attractions entitles you to attend one concert of traditional music or to visit an artisan workshop. We found out that concerts were given twice a day in an artisan shop in Nguyen Thai Hoc. So it's possible to combine two events at the same time.
    We came to the shop about twenty minutes before the scheduled start of the concert, which turned out to be a good decision, as the room was filling up with tourists very quickly.
    We enjoyed the show, especially the dances performed by a couple of charming young girls. The whole programme didn't last longer than half an hour, after which we visited the shop. I was especially impressed by colourful pictures embroidered by skillful artisans. We also watched wood carvers and lantern makers at work.

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