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Assembly Hall of the Hainan Chinese Congregation

Assembly Hall of the Hainan Chinese Congregation

This Hall was constructed in 1851 as a memorial. Merchants who travelled from Hainan to Hoi An were unjustly killed in Quang Nam. They were mistaken as pirates. It is a place of remembrance for the Hoa people in Vietnam. The exteriors are comprised of a dazzling array of pink walls and yellow walls with a Chinese style thatched roof on the outside. The veranda of the hall is elegantly decorated with lanterns. Dark wooden hand-carved doors and solid wooden pillars contrast the bright red and gold coloured altar where people pay homage to the merchants. Red and gold lanterns decorate the whole hall. After the vicious crime, King Tu Duc funded this assembly hall to be built as a memorial. Gilded carvings are present throughout the hall, said to be created to make these merchants pass to the other world as deities. This is one of the smaller and lesser known ancient buildings in Hoi An. It is worth seeing this memorial for the gilded carvings of Chinese court life and intricate calligraphy during this period. It is located at 10 Tran Phu St. Opening hours are 08.00-17.00. Times are subject to change due to low season or national holidays taking place.

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