Lights, lanterns and lunar festivals in the most enchanting town in Vietnam: Hoi An
Hoi An is a habitable relic. This Central-Vietnamese coastline town finds its origins way back in the 1st Century, evolving from an ambitious Champa Kingdom harbour into what would become (over a millenium later) the locus of South-East Asian trade. From the 15th to 19th centuries, Hoi An was positively buzzing with commercial and cultural growth. The port had dealings reaching across over Asia, Europe and Africa, such was the demand for the materials supplied in this idyllic coastal pocket. As such, exposure to different cultures and influences through trade and immigration (primarily Chinese and Japanese, mind) coalesced into the town’s own architecture and culture. This can be seen to this day, as once again Hoi An opens its gates to visitors from around the globe. The equally quaint and impressive sights of the town have been fastidiously preserved, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical importance.
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