Japanese Bridge (Chua Cau)
Japanese bridges - The nearly-20m bridge connects the 2 major streets of Hoi An’s Old Quarter: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St. and Tran Phu St., looking over the peaceful Thu Bon River. for long have a reputation for their pure beauty of being graceful curves and the inspiration from Zen spirit.
Japanese Bridge is considered a symbol of Hoi An ancient town. Being a beautiful example of the Japanese architecture from the time, the pagoda is also called Japanese Covered Bridge. Cau Pagoda welcomes many visitors every day, who comes there to admire the old Japanese architecture and the romanticism of that place.
The Chinese Assembly Halls
As the Chinese immigrants reached the central part of Vietnam known as Hoi An today, they decided to create the opportunities for themselves and the next generations to socialize and protect the Chinese traditions by building many Assembly Halls.
Among the five assembly halls in Hoi An, Fujian Assembly Hall is greatest and most famous. It’s located at 46 Tran Phu St.
Trung Hoa Assembly Hall (Ngu Bang Assembly Hall) is the oldest among these five, which is now at 64 Tran Phu St. It worships Goddess Thien Hau.
The Ghaozhou Hall (Trieu Chau) (also called Ong Bon or Am Ban Pagoda) is located in the 157 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street, near Fujian Assembly Hall. It’s dedicated to General Phuc Ba (Bon Dau Quan), a god of mastering waters.
Cantonese Assembly Hall (Quang Dong) is at 176 Tran Phu Street. Built in 1885, it has a calm courtyard with ornate statuary.
Hainan Assembly Hall at 10 Tran Phu St. is used to worship 108 Chinese merchants, who were unjustly killed, because they were mistaken for pirates. Later they were vindicated and named “deities” by King Tu Duc, who granted money to build this assembly hall to worship them forever.
Old House of Tan Ky
Located at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, in the Old Quarter of Hoi An Ancient Town, Tan Ky Old house is an almost perfect example of a 18th merchant’s residence in this major commercial port town. The name Tan Ky, meaning “Progress Shop”, was given to the house by the second generation to express the owner’s wish for a prosperous business.
Kim Bong Carpentry Village
The carpentry village of Kim Bong belongs to the Cam Kim commune, just on the other side of Hoi An river. Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit Thanh Ha & Kim Bong handicraft Villages. It is very convenient for tourists to visit and collect souvenirs.
Formed in the 15 th century by Vietnameses f-rom the Northern Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces after they settled in Cam Kim- Hoi An. In the late 16 th and early 17 th centuries, Kim Bong carpentry developed vigorously and the occupational village was established with three groups: Ancient architectural construction, civil wooden furniture and shipbuilding.
Today, Kim Bong’s common products such as furniture, religious statues and finely crafted wooden doors can be found and bought on souvenirs shops. They range from the few-dollar coasters or knick-knacks to large religious statues of thousands of dollars. Lots of artisans have shifted to the work of recovering historical monuments or relics, especially old houses in Hoi An.
Walking down the village, tourists will see two parallel streets with low open-fronted buildings. Some of them are the artisans’ working places. The most famous shop is that of Mr. Huynh Ri, where visitors may also have the chance to watch the shipbuilding area where wooden fishing vessels are built using traditional techniques.
Tra Que Herb Village
Located 3 km away from the center of Hoi An, Tra que is well-known as the only freshest and cleanest vegetable supporter for Hoi An local foods. You can easily get there by motorbike, bicycle or simply a light walk.
This village has a perfect location between the old town of Hoi An and An Bang beach.
From Tra Que, Vegetables of many kinds have been provided for restaurants, hotels, Hoi An's people as well as for other localities in Quang Nam Province and Da Nang City. Many kinds of organic and sweet smelling herbs have been planting in this area for ages.
Tra Que raw vegetables have been added up to make aromatic flavour to specialities of Hoi An such as Tam Huu, Banh Xeo, Quang Noodle, vegetable cooked with garlic and so on.
Coming to Tra Que Vegetable Village, you will perceive cultural cachet of the traditional village. You will see the landscape of the green, clean and picturesque vegetable village with your own eyes. Together with the local farmers, you can exchange, investigate the techniques of cultivation, care and harvest of vegetable.
Tra Que Vegetable Village - the real life of the local people of this place!