Last updated 17 November 2011
A handful of Hoi An's historic houses have had their interiors preserved to capture the original style of the town's merchant residences. These can be visited as part of the Hoi An Heritage tour (90,000VND per ticket).
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Hoi An's old streets are packed with houses dating back to its emergence as an important Asian trading port in the eighteenth century. The houses reflect the architectural styles of the major trading partners of the time - China and Japan as well as Vietnam's coloniser, France.
Most of the town's grand heritage listed buildings date back to French times in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The oldest houses are much older though and are quite distinct from those of the French era. A handful of these older merchant houses are open for visitors holding the Hoi An Heritage Tour ticket.
We’ve selected three favourites, Duc An, Tan Ky and Phung Hung houses, but there are a number of others that you’ll be sure to stumble upon as you walk the old streets of the town.
Duc An House
One of our favourite old merchant houses is Duc An’s house at 129 Tran Phu St. A charming space decorated with some beautiful pieces, Duc An’s House isn’t overrun with travellers or souvenir sellers. Its owner, Phan Ngoc Tram - a direct descendant of the founding family - claims that’s because he, unlike other historic house owners, has resisted the temptation to give over his floorspace to souvenir selling.
Photo: Mark Bowyer Tan Ky Old House
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