They say Hoian cultural tour is one of the best cultural trips you can enrich yourself when visiting such an old and diverse country like Vietnam. However, do you actually know how to do it in the best way, even with or without a guide? This post below reveals three lesser-known museums where you can fulfill your knowledge of in interesting and mystic long-lost trading ports in Asia.
Hoian Old Quarter (Source: Google)
HoianMuseum of trade ceramics
Founded in 1995, Hoian Museum of trade ceramics was initially a typical two-story building with balcony built in the XIX century. Visiting this site allows you to contemplate an exemplary residential building of this long-lost ancient port town with three compartments clearly divided. A large heaven well was placed in the heart of the entire lodge, which separates the front compartment and the back end, while kitchen and restroom are located at the very ending.
Trade ceramics(Source: Google)
In 1995, this specialized museum was introduced with a huge support from Japanese experts and professors. With a vivid display of more than 360 artifacts dating back to the IX and X centuries to the XIX centuries excavated in numerous archaeological sites in Hoian, the museum brings out a candid exhibition of the trade ceramic route on the sea within the previous centuries, when the town was still living its glorious heyday as one of the most essential trading ports on the East-West sea commercial route.
Excavated remnants(Source: Google)
Each year, Hoian Museum of trade ceramics welcomes more than 60 thousand visits in both domestic and foreign guests. The museum is open every single day in the week, except for the 15th day monthly for its specific professional research and development.
Hoian Museum of Sa Huỳnh culture
The very next alternative for your Hoian cultural tour is a museum of Sa Huỳnh culture, which was officially launched in the year 1994. The building is home to a prosperous display of over 1000 artifacts dating back to 2000 years ago. Sa Huỳnh is literally a name dedicating to a large group of citizens hosting a vast coastal land of Central Vietnam, where Hoian was then given birth. This kingdom was once a mighty realm that actually interacted greatly with the rest of ancient Southeast Asian countries, Southern India and China.
A vivid display (Source: Google)
What makes the museum even more interesting and academic in a way that all artifacts are addressed reliably along with a collection of data, documents, and photographs which show off visually their existence in the ground. Not only a splendid reflection of this long-lost country was brought to life, but the museum is also an interesting source of information through which visitors are able to learn more about an ancient burial ceremony, aesthetic perception, life conception, relationship and a lot more to be showcased.
Ancient ornaments and jewelry (Source: Google)
Every year, Hoian Museum of Sa Huỳnh culture greets nearly 200 visits of both domestic and outlander tourists. The place is open throughout the week apart from the 10th date each month for specific professional research and development.
Hoian Museum of folk culture
The very last one that you should not ignore is Hoian Museum of folk culture that was announced to be opened on the 24th of March, 2005. Using an original residential building of the ancient town with 57 meters in length, 9 meters in width including two stories, wooden floor and two facades facing the streets of Nguyễn TháiHọc and BạchĐằng. On the second floor, the museum exhibits a collection of 490 artifacts introducing four main topics. These are known to be folk visual art, folk oratorio art, traditional villages and traditional folk activities.
The entrance (Source: Google)
While on the first floor, visitors have a chance to contemplate various performances illustrating the precious essence of Hoian cultural values. Through such candid exposition of images, genuine artifacts and a wide range of performances, this museum of folk culture has been able to greatly showcase numerous intangible cultural values. At the same time, the place helps introduce such a rich depth of traditional creation and contribution of various generations of Hoian citizens to the development and history of the town within the past few centuries.
A typical ancient building(Source: Google)
Hoian Museum of folk culture welcomes more than 10 thousand visits every single year. Just like the rest of the two above, Hoian Museum of folk culture is open both weekdays and weekends, while closed for professional research and development on the 20th day of each month.
If your Hoian cultural tour seems to not fully satisfy your need of learning, then feel free to spare some other time wandering around these three vivid sites above. This way does not only allow you to see Hoian in the best surface like everyone else, yet also helps you to feel the finest essence of the true Hoian Old Quarter that not many people are able to experience the same thing.