Legend has it that in 16th century, the Japanese constructed the bridge(Hoi An) so as to reach the Chinese Quarter on the other side. Today it’s the emblem of Hoi An, proudly standing with a dog sculpture on one end and a monkey sculpture on the other. This is perhaps because its construction begun in the dog year and ended in the monkey year, according to Japanese culture.
Translated into English, it means ‘a peaceful meeting place’. For centuries, Europeans, Chinese, Indians and Japanese received wares traded via Hoi An. Hoi An is UNESCO listed – a meticulously well preserved Southeast Asian trading port.
Hoi An is a complex of timber frame buildings, including churches and private homes. At the Central Market, you get everything – fresh food, a cheap bespoke suit, souvenirs.
When night falls, Hoi An’s innumerable lanterns light up, lending it a magical glow. Temperatures are now cooler, and folks are exploring the night, catching dinner at the food stands, running last minute errands. During the Hoi An Lantern Festival every moon cycle, locals exchange flowers, fruits, candles, lanterns and candles for luck and good fortune.