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Temples and Pagodas, Hoi An

| 26 Apr 2017
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Temples and Pagodas, Hoi An
Hoi An

Our rating
26 Apr 2017

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. Head to these places early in the morning if possible. Big crowds descend in the afternoons - especially in busy months.

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A single ticket provides access to five of Hoi An’s 22 listed 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 120,000VND.

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 right by Hoi An's old market.

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.

The Tran Family Chapel is slightly away from the main cluster of historic buildings so it tends to be less busy than some of the other places. It's a favourite.

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

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