5 must-visit Assembly Halls in Hoi An

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

Assembly halls of Hoi An

 

Cantonese Assembly Hall (address: No. 176 Tran Phu street)

 

The Cantonesse built this assembly hall to workship Quan Cong and the sages. Primarily made of wood and stone with intricated carvings, the Cantonese Assembly Hall owns distinctive architectural features. There is a large lake with various statues of dragon in the middle of the yard which is built based on the legend of “the carp leaping over the dragon’s gate”.

Assembly halls of Hoi An

 

Hainan Assembly Hall (address: No.10 Tran Phu street)

 

Not workshipping the gods like other halls, Hainan Assembly Hall was founded in memory of 108 Hainan merchants who wrongly killed. According to the tale, during a business trip, the boat of these Hainan merchants were sunk because they were mistaken as a pirate ship. In the main hall, you will admire an bas-relief that describes the scenes of life in three worlds – Heaven, Earth and Water.

 

Chinese All-Community Assembly Hall (address: No.64 Tran Phu street)

 

Also known as Ngu Bang Assembly Hall due to the support of merchants from 5 provinces namely Chaozhou, Fujian, Hainan, Guangdong, and Hakka. It serves as a gathering place for Chinese community in Hoi An.

 

Chaozhou Hall (Trieu Chau) Assemly Hall (address 157 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street)

 

Built in 1845, Chaozhou Hall was one of the most recently hall in Hoi An and it was the gathering place for Cantonese immigrants. Unlike the other older Assemly Halls which were built using local materials, the Chaozhou Hall was built using materials imported from China.

 

Where to stay in Hoi An?

 

You can spend a night in Hoi An to prepare for the journey to new destinations on the next day. Vinpearl Hoi An Resort is a great choice if you want to stay one night in Hoi An. With discount vouchers, you can enjoy the best service of 5* Resort with preferential prices and recharge for your next journey. Hoi An is truly a wonderful tourist paradise. Hopefully the suggestions above will help those who do not know where to go in Hoi An have a more specific plan for their upcoming trip.