Hoi An – Vietnam’s Most Beautiful Town with Long History
A town with long history
Hoi An has a long history as a merchant town and harbour with wide extending connections. 1500 years ago it started as a Cham settlement, connecting the sea to the hinterland. After 1471 the town was made a harbour for the ruling Nguyen firsts who made their seat in Hue. Hoi An had a natural harbour and was quite nice for settling. So Japanese and Chinese merchants made up their small settlements in this town which flourished through the whole 17th century. During the Tay Son Rebellion at the end of the 18th century, the town was destroyed by a fire but rebuild. Most of the houses you can see there are from the beginning of the 19th century.