|UNESCO #948 - Hoi An Ancient Town - VIETNAM|
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Hoi An Ancient Town - VIETNAM - UNESCO #948
My good friend Du from Singapore has a friend working in Vietnam and knowing my preference for postcards sent from country of origin he asked his friend to send me this wonderful postcard showing the Historic City of Hoi An, a small ancient town right in the middle of that country. According to the sender, it's a beautiful place that really deserves a visit. Thank you very much Du (unfortunately your friend didn't signed the letter so I can't thank him by name) - my collection owns a lot to your amazing contributions. This is my 2nd UNESCO from Vietnam and with it I reach 353 WHS, 628 to finish.
Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port, is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international maritime commercial centre. It is the only town in Viet Nam that has survived intact in this way. Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural style of the 19th and 20th centuries. They are aligned along narrow lanes of traditional type. They include many religious buildings, such as pagodas, temples, meeting houses, etc., which relate to the development of a port community. The traditional lifestyle, religion, customs and cooking have been preserved and many festivals still take place annually.