Lanterns and lights: Hoi An’s Old Town

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Hoi An was one of my favourite places in Vietnam. It simply exudes charm and intrigue, with narrow, lantern-lined streets and plenty of ornate temples and old houses. The whole area of UNESCO-listed Hoi An Old Town is a living museum of sorts, with its architecture carefully preserved.

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To explore Hoi An’s Old Town, visitors must purchase a ticket. It costs 120,000 VND ($6) and allows visitors to check out 5 of its 21 attractions. If one wishes to see more, they could easily buy a second ticket!

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These elaborate cones are made of incense!

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An 18th-century Japanese covered bridge.

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The attractions pass even included the option of visiting traditional houses! This hallway led to a compact yet cozy French colonial-style home, complete with a courtyard in the back.???????????????????????????????

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A souvenir I saw all around Vietnam – intricately-cut pop-up cards!

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The riverside at nighttime is not to be missed. Picturesque cloth lanterns line the streets and hang outside shops, creating a beautiful atmosphere. I visited shortly before the Lunar New Year, and there were tables covered in offerings to the ancestors. In addition, paper lanterns with candles were available for visitors to purchase and make a wish for the New Year. Their magic, however, was somewhat lost when I saw the soggy, flattened lanterns further downstream, caught by a metal grate just past the bridge!

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After visiting a handful of attractions and taking in Hoi An’s atmosphere, you might find yourself growing hungry. Luckily, Hoi An caters to those of who are hungry and/or eager to shop. The area in and around the Old Town has a good variety of markets, shops, restaurants and cafes!

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??????????????????????????????? The last attraction I checked out was a performance of traditional music and fan dances. The show went on for nearly an hour and was beautiful and impressive to watch. I highly recommend it! ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Have you been to Hoi An as well? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought of it!

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