Hoi An Ancient town is famous for its lanterns, colorful shops, narrow streets, and tiny alleys by Thu Bon River. The Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. It’s buildings and street plan reflect the indigenous and foreign influences combined to produce this unique heritage site. The town reflects a fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures (principally Chinese and Japanese with later European influences) that combined to create this unique survival. The town comprises a well-preserved complex of 1,107 brick frame buildings with bricks, timbers, or wooden walls, including architectural monuments, commercial and domestic vernacular structures, notably an open market and a ferry quay, and religious buildings such as pagodas and family cult houses. The houses are tiled, and the wooden components are carved with traditional motifs. They are arranged side-by-side in tight, unbroken rows along narrow pedestrian streets. There is also the fine wooden Japanese bridge with a pagoda from the 18th century.
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