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Temples and Pagodas, Hoi An

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Temples and Pagodas, Hoi An
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17 Nov 2011

Hoi An's temples and pagodas are all remnants of the town's trading past and most reflect strong Chinese influence. Many served as assembly halls for Chinese communities from different parts of the country - hence the names, Hainanese Assembly Hall, Cantonese Assembly Hall, Fujian (Phuc Kien) Assembly Hall.

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A single ticket provides access to Hoi An’s old temples, houses and museums. Depending on how much you want to see, you may have to purchase more than one. Most travellers are satisfied with a single ticket which costs 90,000VND.

Below we list some of our preferred temples and pagodas.


Chua Ong aka Quan Cong Temple

This temple was founded in 1653 and dedicated to esteemed Chinese general Quan Cong. It’s also the site of the uninspired Museum of History and Culture. Easy to swing by for twenty minutes.

Address: 7 Nguyen Hue St, Hoi An


Phuc Kien Assembly Hall

Fujian Temple,Hoi An,Vietnam
Photo: Mark BowyerFujianese Assembly Hall, Hoi An

Originally a place of assembly for Hoi An’s Fujian community the hall later became a temple dedicated to Thien Hau - Godess of the sea.  Thien Hau was naturally revered by China’s seafaring merchant class.

Address: 46 Tran Phu St, Hoi An


Cantonese Assembly Hall

From the late 18th century, Hoi An's Cantonese community gathered and worshipped here.

Address: 176 Tran Phu St, Hoi An


Tran Family Chapel


Built in 1802 at the commencement of the Nguyen Dynasty further north in Hue, the family patriarch was an acquaintance of the first Emperor Gia Long and served as an ambassador in China.

Hoi An,Tran Family Chapel,Vietnam
Photo: Mark BowyerTran Family Chapel, Hoi An


The chapel retains many original elements. If you’re lucky, Mr Le, a direct descendent of the family patriarch, will take you through the chapel and explain its beautiful features.

Address: 21 Le Loi St, Hoi An


Japanese Bridge


Hoi An’s iconic Japanese Bridge also has a small Taoist pagoda that you’ll certainly encounter when visiting the bridge. The bridge has its own reference in See and Do Hoi An.

Address: Western end of Tran Phu St, Hoi An

Mark Bowyer

Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.

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