Hoi An Ancient town is located in Viet Nam’s central Quang phái nam Province, on the north bank near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. The inscribed property comprises 30 ha and it has a buffer zone of 280 ha. It is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a small-scale trading port active the 15th khổng lồ 19th centuries which traded widely, both with the countries of Southeast và East Asia and with the rest of the world. Its decline in the later 19th century ensured that it has retained its traditional urban tissue lớn a remarkable degree.

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The town reflects a fusion of indigenous và foreign cultures (principally Chinese và Japanese with later European influences) that combined to lớn produce this unique survival.The town comprises a well-preserved complex of 1,107 timber frame buildings, with brick or wooden walls, which include architectural monuments, commercial and domestic vernacular structures, notably an open market & a ferry quay, và religious buildings such as pagodas & family cult houses. The houses are tiled and the wooden components are carved with traditional motifs. They are arranged side-by-side in tight, unbroken rows along narrow pedestrian streets. There is also the fine wooden Japanese bridge, with a pagoda on it, dating from the 18th century. The original street plan, which developed as the town became a port, remains. It comprises a grid of streets with one axis parallel lớn the river and the other axis of streets and alleys set at right angles khổng lồ it. Typically, the buildings front the streets for convenient customer access while the backs of the buildings xuất hiện to the river allowing easy loading and off-loading of goods from boats.

The surviving wooden structures và street plan are original và intact & together present a traditional townscape of the 17th and 18th centuries, the survival of which is quality in the region. The town continues khổng lồ this day lớn be occupied và function as a trading port and center of commerce. The living heritage reflecting the diverse communities of the indigenous inhabitants of the town, as well as foreigners, has also been preserved & continues to lớn be passed on. Hoi An Ancient Town remains an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Far Eastern port.

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Gary Arndt

Gary has been traveing the world since 2007. His travels have taken him lớn over 200 countries and territories và 400 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. He is a 3x Lowell Thomas Award winner and a 3x North American Travel Photographer of the Year.