Building assembly halls as place to socialise, worship and preserve their traditions have been a common practice among Chinese immigrants. Being an important trading ports, Hoi An has been an attractive destination for Chinese immigrants. As they settled in Hoi An, they began to construct assembly halls.
In general, most Assembly Halls follow the same set up, they all have a grand gate, a peaceful garden with sculptures and ornamental plants, a main hall and a large altar room. As it is an important gathering place, the halls are normally decorated with decorative ornaments, lacquer boards, mural walls, all with the most beautiful and crafty details. However, immigrants from different areas of China to Hoi An also brought with them their own marks on the halls’ architecture and design influenced by the regions where they came from. It is this cutural interference that has contributed to the uniqueness of Hoi An.
There are five well preserved assembly halls in Hoi An which you should visit when you are in Hoi An.
Fujian Assembly Hall (address: No. 46 Tran Phu street)
Fujian Assembly Hall is one of the larget and most popular assembly halls in the old town. Boasting the magnificient and splendid beauty with a typical architecture of Fujian, this place is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau – the Goddess of the Sea and other patron gods protect money and water