Vietnam is a beautiful country with a fascinating history. If you are planning to visit Vietnam, it’s worth making time to visit Hoi An. Actually, of all the places I’d choose to o back to in Vietnam, Hoi An would be right at the top of my list.
Watch my video above to find out why.
Hoi An is located in the province of Quang Nam on the south central coast of Vietnam.
One of the best reasons to visit Hoi An is to soak up the historic ambience. Hoi An was a busy Southeast Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries.
It’s a UNESCO World Heritage region and there are plenty of well-preserved historic buildings to explore.
Hoi An’s culture is a blend of Chinese, Japanese, Dutch and Indian brought to the region by traders and sailors who settled in the area as far back as the 16th century.
While in Hoi An Vietnam, I did a walking tour, which turned out to be quite a history lesson.
The highlight was the Fu Jian temple, built in 1967 by the Chinese who came to Hoi An from China to escape the tyranny of the Ming Emperors.
The Ming Dynasty’s long arm reached all the way to Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia, shaping the lives and direction of the local people.
Initially, the temple was used as an assembly hall by the clan.
Later, it was turned into a temple dedicated to Lady Jing Hao who was believed to have the power of rescuing fishermen from calamities at sea. Even today, Vietnamese sailors and their descendants continue to worship the Lady of the Sea.
The temple has Chinese lion statues and shrines.