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Hoi An – the World Cultural Heritage
Hoi An – a Vietnamese ancient town – was forgotten for a long time. In the early 1980s, the beautiful and unique town of Hoi An attracted new consideration from domestic and international scientists, as well as tourists from all over the world.
The traditional commercial port town of Hoi An in South East Asia is the only model of its kind in Vietnam and rare in the world. Hoi An has preserved over 1.000 relics – of houses, assembly halls, pagodas, communal houses, temples, ancient wells and tombs and ancestral worshiping houses, etc. These architectural works feature both Vietnamese traditional art motifs and cultural integration and exchange with Eastern and Western countries. Trough many centuries, habits and customs, rites, cultural ad religious activities have been preserved by generations of Hoi An people. The respectful attitude for the past of Hoi An people helps their own youth and tourists from everywhere understand their ancestors’ life in the past.
The prosperity of Hoi An in the past helped Quang Nam become a rich and busy province in southern Vietnam because it had great influence on the development of sericulture, woodwork, bronze mine ores, etc. in neighboring areas and sites along rivers.
Hoi An also has a healthy and peaceful natural environment with beautiful villages, enchanting rivers and mountains, white sand, blue sea full of wind and sunlight, Cu Lao Cham archipelago in the distance, famous for its sea and bird nests and forest with rare birds and animals. With such advantages, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) agreed to enter Hoi An on the list of World Cultural Heritages in its 23rd meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco from 29th November to 4th December, 1999.