Hoi An Ancient Town, Street Festivals and Events

Today, Hoi An is not only famous for the features of the ancient city but also for the traditional festival activities held regularly in the old streets

Hoi An ancient town is located downstream of Thu Bon river, about 30 km south of Da Nang city. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Hoi An was once a busy international trading port, a meeting place for merchants from Japan, China and the West. Before this period, it also had traces of the merchant port of Cham-Pa or was referred to the sea trade ceramics road. By the 19th century, the waterway traffic was no longer convenient, Hoi An commercial port was gradually degraded, gave up this way to Da Nang which was being built by the French.

Beginning in the 1980s, the architectural and cultural values ​​of Hoi An ancient town were gradually discovered by scholars, representing the Polish architect Kazimierz Kwiatkowsky, whom Hoi An people called him with an intimate name is Kazik. With his talent and dedication, he conducted a comprehensive study of Hoi An ancient town. Thanks to this research project, Hoi An ancient town was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage in 1999. He revived an ancient city that was forgotten more than 2 centuries.

Today, Hoi An is not only famous for its ancient features but also for traditional festivals and events such as Hoi An full moon night, Cau Bong festival, Cau Ngu festival, Long Chu  festival ... or activities organized regularly on the street such as: dropping flower lantern on Thu Bon river, lanterns ancient street, listening to Quang folk songs, street calligraphy, participating in folk games such as Bai Choi, Breaking Earthen Pot and shopping at Night Market.

Come to Hoi An not only to visit a world cultural heritage but also immerse yourself in the street festival space.

Some pictures of these festivals:
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Cau Bong Festival (Photo: quangnamtourism)

Cau Ngu Festival (Photo: quangnamtourism)

Long Chu Festival (Photo: hoianancienttown)

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