Hoi An is a city in Vietnam's Quang Nam Province and recognized since 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Town Hoi An, the city's historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, its buildings and street plan reflecting a unique blend of influences, indigenous and foreign. The city's name translates as "peaceful meeting place".
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Old Town Hội An, the city's historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and street plan reflect a unique blend of influences, indigenous and foreign. In the 18th century, the city rose to prominence as a powerful and exclusive trade conduit between Europe, China, India, and Japan, especially for the ceramic industry. It is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Town also offers a distinctive regional cuisine that blends centuries of cultural influences. Hoi An hosts a number of cooking classes where tourists can learn to make cao lầu or braised spiced pork noodle, a signature dish of the city.
The Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall is an ornate Chinese-style temple founded in 1692 and upgraded by Fujian traders in 1759.
Hoi An Museum of History and Culture contains a collection of photography of Hoi An taken in the early 20th century. It also houses well preserved artifacts from the Sa Huynh period and the Champa period.
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Terracotta Park displays traditional Vietnamese pottery made of terra cotta, including models of iconic buildings. Visitors will often see local craftspeople in residence in the workshops.
Kim Bồng Carpentry Village is a village most notable for its carpentry (including cabinet making and shipbuilding) and traditional woodworking products. Established in the 15th century, it reached its peak in the 18th century, during which time village craftsmen contributed their skills in woodworking to many different projects, including the Imperial capital in Huế. In the present, Kim Bồng craftsmen are often involved in restoration projects such as restoring historic buildings of the Old Town.
The Cham Islands constitute a group of 8 small islands of Quảng Nam, which form a part of the Cu Lao Cham Marine Park, a world Biosphere Reserve recognized by UNESCO. The islands are also recognized as Vietnam's national scenic site. Cham Islands were first settled by Cham people about 3,000 years ago. The islands are rich in aquatic resources such as coral and seaweeds. Today, they have become a popular spot for snorkling, swimming and diving.