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Sightseeing Historical Places in Hoi An – Vietnam's Ancient Beauty

All you history buffs heading to Vietnam, make sure you visit this beautiful, peaceful old Hoi An town and uncover all its ancient secrets. Take a trip back in time.

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Old Houses

Hoi An has a number of antique houses that are open for visitors. Unlike museums though, these old houses are in much of the same state as it was left in, which gives it the authentic vintage feel to it. Tan Ky House was built over 200 years ago by a Chinese merchant and is believed to be one of the most beautiful and best designed houses in the Hoi An. With wood carvings on the pillars and beams, the rear of this two storey house provided easy access to the river, which also made it convenient for transferring cargo from ships. The Duc An House was used as a bookstore and a traditional Chinese medicine shop. The bookstore gained popularity during the anti French revolution began and intellectuals gathered here to read the progressive ideas from books and newspapers that were sold here. Also make it a point to visit Quan Thang and Phung Hung House.

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Japanese Bridge

The Japanese Bridge was built in the 1590s and has since become a symbolic icon of the city. The bridge's solid foundation is impressive as it holds more than 1000 tourists that cross it every day! The bridge is guarded by a statue of a dog and a monkey – as it was said that many Japanese emperors were born in the year of the monkey and dog. Another belief was that the construction of the bridge began in the year of the monkey and ended during the year of the dog. Located in close proximity are many Hoi An hotels, which may be able to provide directions to the bridge. Properties such as Anantara Hoi An Resort are located less than 10 minutes away if you're looking for accommodation in the area!

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Museums

Hoi An has a couple of museums that you can spend the day going in and out of. The Museum of Sa Huynh Culture explores the rich ancient culture of the town that goes back to 2000 years old – when Hoi An was used a trading port. The museum here mainly displays pottery from the 1st and 2nd century, including some burial urns. Head upstairs and you'll find the Museum of the Revolution, where you'll find vintage war currency notes along with pictures of war heroes, grenade launchers, AK 47s, Claymore mines and even machine guns on display. The Museum of Folk Culture displays lifestyle plaster statues of local people in traditional attire as they carry out various activities.

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Assembly Halls

Assembly Halls were mainly built by merchants who needed a place to gather and unwind after a day's work. Quang Trieu, Phuc Kien and Trieu Chai are structured similarly, complete with an elaborately decorated gate in the entrance, a central courtyard and a temple at the back. Most assembly halls are also fitted with dragon water fountains. One of the best times to visit an assembly hall is during a full moon, as there are many candles and incense dangling from the ceiling, giving the entire building a breath taking atmosphere.