Hoi An means a Peaceful Meeting Place and is just that.
|Entry to Shrine|
Founded as a trading port sometime around 1595, Hoi An flourished and became the most important trade port on the South China Sea. English sailors and are known to have made at least one trading mission to Hoi An (around 1619). The early Portuguese Jesuits also had one of their two residences at Hoi An.
In the 18th century, Hoi An was considered by Chinese and Japanese merchants to be the best destination for trading in all of south-east Asia, even Asia. The Japanese believed the heart of all of Asia (the dragon) lay beneath the earth of Hoi An. The city also rose to prominence as a powerful and exclusive trade conduct between Europe, China, India, and Japan, especially for the ceramic industry. Shipwreck discoveries have shown that Vietnamese and Asian ceramics were transported from Hoi An to as far as Sinai, Egypt.
|Mosaic Dragon and Koi Fountain.|
|View from the Bridge|
|Another Wedding Couple|
|2016-Year of the Monkey|