Monday, September 2, 2013

Hội An - Ancient Town

My abrupt visit to the ancient city of Hội An in Vietnam was an amazing one! A small old city but very rich in history, well- preserved architecture and of course, lovely local shopping!

Hội An meaning ''peaceful meeting place'' was once a significant trading center in Southeast Asia. The town was notorious for its spice bartering. In the 16th and 17th century, Hội An has a culturally diverse population with Portuguese, Dutch, Indian, Japanese and Chinese settlers. The town was divided with Japanese settlement athwart the Japanese bridge.

Today, Hội An is a famous tourist destination and  the old town is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The unspoilt infrastructures dating from the 15th to 19th century offers a dramatic outlook.

Hội An 2011

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