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Culture, Art, and History in Da Nang and Hoi An

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With a long and often tumultuous history that encompasses the heady days of the Champa Kingdom, Hoi An's heyday as a regional trading hub, the American War, and Vietnam's recent emergence as a tourist destination, the central part of the country is not short in intrigue.
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Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam 564010, Vietnam
The beautiful sites that put Hoi An on the UNESCO list were a highlight of my stay in this wonderful city. This picture is of the Japanese covered bridge.
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Duy Thu, Duy Xuyên, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
A UNESCO World Heritage site in a mountain valley about 40 miles west of Da Nang, My Son is a vestige of the Champa kingdom, a culture that was heavily shaped by Hindu beliefs and practices. Built between the 4th and 14th centuries, the temples...
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Thanh Hà, Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
One overcast day in Hoi An, my husband and I wandered down to the river and found a lady and her 2 young daughters willing to row us about 30 minutes up river, to a pottery-making village we had read about. When we arrived, the little girls...
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Sơn Mỹ Memorial, Tịnh Khê, Quảng Ngãi, Quang Ngai, Vietnam
Close to Hoi An, tranquil Son My (My Lai) was the setting for one of the most horrific crimes of the American War when US troops killed at least 504 villagers in an orgy of violence. The Son My memorial -- a dramatic stone sculpture of an elderly...
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Choice reading material is prerequisite for monsoon season in Hoi An and Danang. The best place in the area to stock up on books is Randy's Book Exchange, which has thousands of second-hand titles.
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Da Nang, Hải Châu, Da Nang, Vietnam
Central Vietnam was once the seat of the Kingdom of Champa, which held sway over the area for over 1000 years before being absorbed and annexed by the Vietnamese state in 1832. This fine museum has the world's largest collection of Cham artefacts...
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176 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Chinese influence is strong in Hoi An, a legacy of its trading past. Many of its temples and pagodas served as assembly halls for the various Chinese communities that once settled here. The most distinctive is the colourful Cantonese Assembly Hall...
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Da Nang, Hải Châu, Da Nang, Vietnam
Danang has a strong association with the American War. It was here that US troops first landed, it had a major US airbase and it was a designated R&R spot for US troops. It is fitting then that the city is home to one of Vietnam's more interesting...
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80 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Hoi An's strategic position at the heart of the Champa Kingdom made it one of the most important trading hub in the region for centuries. This legacy of dealings with the outside world can be witnessed vividly at the Hoi An Museum of Trading...