The town of Hoi An is situated 22 km south of Da Nang city on the coast of South China Sea, more or less in the middle of the elongated geography Vietnamese. Since 1999, Hoi An is inscribed on World Heritage List of Unesco.
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Aspects of the city:
On a trip to Vietnam is almost compulsory to visit Hoi An Walking along its narrow streets, located parallel to the Thu Bon river, with two-story houses and stroll along the harbor with its colorful market open, to discover the true essence a Vietnamese seaside town. What is exceptional is that it preserves the original layout of what was a maritime commercial center of Southeast Asia in the past. The wooden buildings, mostly, are constructions of the nineteenth century of traditional Vietnamese and other countries, and along the streets you can go see the homes of merchants, shops, religious buildings and some small pagodas and tempos , community houses once used for worship of ancestors, now converted into a museum. Even still stands an old covered bridge Japanese architectural style. And is that Hoi An was a place where the arrival of people from distant points in the Pacific led to a unique fusion of cultures, in particular are clear traces from Japan and China.
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Progress of the city:
The rapid decline of the port of Hoi An, happened in the late nineteenth century, and in part was what allowed the preservation of the population and its evolution was virtually stagnant. The construction of a major port in the nearby city of Da Nang and the sudden settling of the Thu Bon River mouth were the most important elements that contributed to the closure of Hoi An as a commercial center. Today’s activities are limited to river transportation and fishing. And what today is the placid and picturesque corner of the coast, was for centuries a bustling, cosmopolitan and strategic importance in the Asian east coast. Early reviews of the port, the result of excavations and archaeological studies, dating back to the second century BC, when it was a center for maritime commerce located on the banks of the Thu Bon River, near its mouth. The period of maximum strength was between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries of our era. At that time, the beneficial trade and cultural exchange extended even to the West. It is known that Christianity came to Hoi An in Vietnam in the seventeenth century.
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