Brief History

You are interested in discovering a country’s history and beautiful culture, and don’t know where your next stop is? Hoi An is the answer! It’s the perfect destination – the famous Ancient Town in Mid Southern Vietnam, Hoi An has been through more than half a millennium, but still remains as in the very first days of its being born.


Hoi An, which used to be an old seaport in South East Asia, is a unique place in Vietnam in that many of its original streets and building are still preserved intact.briefhistory2 Hoi An was considered the budding port town of the Sa Huynh community, who thrived in the region of Vietnam. It was during the 2nd to the 15th centuries that Hoi An was governed by the Champa Kingdom. Later on, Hoi An turned into a commercial port town, having trade links with Arabia and China. As far as the history of Hoi An claims, the port town of Lam Ap turned into the so called Hoi An of the present day. The region flourished with Tra Kieu and My Son, the capital that had temples and towers belonging to the Champa Kingdom.
As far as the history of Hoi An goes, the settlement of Cham civilization within Hoi An was known for the presence of Chbriefhistory3am port that had maritime trade links. Due to the strategic location of Hoi An along the merging point of Quang Nam and to other positive conditions, the province showed affirmative signs of development during the 16th to the 19th centuries. This small town, along the “Sea Silk Road” and “Ceramic Road”, was involved in trade links with countries such as China, Thailand, Japan, India, Portugal, Britain, France, Holland, and others.
With time, Hoi An emerged as an international port town for trade links, along with being a major economic hub for Nguyen Lords and Kings within Southern Vietnam. It was during the concluding years of the 19th century that the sailing vessels port town of Hoi An experienced its downfall and lost importance to the industrial port city of Danang.

The province fought for 117 years against overseas invaders (mainly 1858 to 1975),  and thousands of Hoi An people sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country’s independence and unification.

Finally, it was on December 4th, 1999, that the charming ancient town, with its lovely wooden shop-homes and unique bridge, was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.