Hoi An, My Son the spotlights of Quang Nam
My Son – Hoi An, the two world heritages lie inside Quang Nam province, offer tourists authentic culture and diversified architecture. More than that these destinations do a good job at welcoming visitors with the intangible cultural value which is represented via local residents’ daily lifestyle, traditional festival, cuisine, etc.
Hoi An ancient street is not as hustling and bustling as the Old Quarter in Hanoi but it treats tourists by its own way that hardly can anyone planning to visit Da Nang give Hoi An a miss. Diving into the rich cultural history of Hoi An, it’s impossible to run out of things to see and explore than what you expect from this stunning ancient city from the Lantern Street, historical spots, boat trip, shopping to beaches.
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The foremost location probably comes to Japanese Covered Bridge a precious gem in the center of Hoi An dated back from the 16th century. The bridge has also inspired many artists and photographers considering its harmonious combination among Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Western architectures. The 200-hundred-year-old house of Tan Ky typically designed following Hoi An’s architecture style is also worth a visit that tourists can partially picture a hundred-year-ago Hoi An in their mind. In addition, fine arts workshop gathering almost all conventional job sections of Hoi An and Quang Nam such as mat weaving, cloth weaving, ceramics, lacquer, etc. While having a chance of directly observing how local people make these goods, tourists can’t help buying some souvenirs in the workshop as gifts for their friends and family. Other alternative options include Museum of Sa Huynh culture, Museum of culture and history, Quan Cong temple or other ancient houses also worth a visit.
If you are passionate about discovering, the best choice to get around Hoi An is to grab a bike or ride outside of the town and you will be well rewarded with relaxing time either exploring some local sites, for instance, Moc Kim Bong village producing fine arts, Thanh Ha Ceramic village. Also, you can soak up the sun on magnificent beaches such as An Bang, Cua Dai Beaches. Vietnam travel tours
One or two day is just enough to explore Hoi An ancient street and the nearby areas. If your trip is extended, going to My Son is a big must which is only about 40 km away. If Egypt has Pyramids then Quang Nam has My Son complex whose building technique maintains a mystery until the modern days. My Son used to be an Indian Holy Land of the Champa Kingdom which is situated in a valley surrounded by imposed hills and spectacular mountains. My Son is well known for its distinctive architecture of a collection of towers built between 7th to 13th centuries.
The interesting thing here is that the complex was made of wood in the 4th century and then reconstructed in brick with unique and mysterious techniques that until now, the way of building this complex remains a hidden secret. My Son complex contains many groups of towers. Each group includes the main tower and the small ones surrounding in which the big one symbolizes the universal center and it is known to be a shrine to worship Siva God. As you might notice, all of the towers in My Son complex is in pyramid shape believed to be the symbol of Meru peak where living Hindu Gods.
These towers are even more impressive to discover due to its exceptional decoration. There are a variety of patterns carved on the wall of each tower which can be flowers, plants, animals symbolizing power such as lions or elephants, Kala Makara, instrumentalists, Apsara dancer, etc. Each of these undoubtedly reveals a meaning itself that need to be explored. The trip to My Son complex guarantees visitors unforgettable experience about architecture, religion and other historical values.
So these are two destinations that you should definitely give it a try if you have an opportunity to visit Quang Nam or Danang. To be honest, if you can’t make it to these beautiful places, it doesn’t count that you have ever come to the Middle of Vietnam.
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