The Chinese Assembly Halls
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Another option among top Hoi An attractions is Chinese Assembly Halls. Built in 1960, The Chinese Assembly Halls is the place in which residents from China could meet up and socialize while living or visiting Hoi An. There are 5 assembly halls established by the Chinese, all are situated on Tran Phu (Trần Phú) Street, and faced Thu Bon (Thu Bồn) River. Recent days, these assembly halls become well-known Hoi An attractions.
Phuc Kien (Fujian) Assembly Hall
A simple thatched Vietnamese pagoda built in 1692 gave way in 1759 to a meeting place and impressive temple for rich Fujian merchants – the dominant Chinese group at the time and the most well-known as well as biggest assambly hall in Hoian recently. For traders and immigrants from this southern, coastal Chinese province, Sea goddess Thien Hau is the focus but lesser gods and goddesses who can see and hear ships from afar are also featured.
Popular, Chinese Gods, often associated with fortune, wealth and the open seas, are prominent, as are Fujian-born Generals from the Ming Dynasty. Important animals symbolic of noble qualities in Chinese culture – dragon for power, unicorn for knowledge, turtle for endurance and so on are also scattered throughout the complex.
As with most Chinese assembly halls 16 January (lunar) is a key date and an auspicious one.
Add: 46 Tran Phu.
Hoa Van Le Nghia
Free to enter, this complex, dating back to 1741, is the oldest in this list. It was both a meeting place and a place of worship for the Hoi An-based Chinese communities. It is dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, a version of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu – goddess of fortune, especially for seafarers. Mazuism is a faith popular in the southern maritime provinces of China that is often combined with Taoism and Buddhism.
Add: 64 Tran Phu
Quang Trieu ‘Cantonese’ Meeting Hall
Constructed in 1885 by Cantonese (Guandong) traders and seafarers originally to honour the Goddess Thien Hau, as is common among many of the Chinese Meeting Hall/Temples. Later it became a Quon Cong temple for Chinese immigrants with a focus on ancestor worship. Quon Cong was a prominent mandarin of the Han Dynasty (3rd century AD) – a symbol of courage, loyalty and piety. The hall honours the Cantonese sages who travelled to Hoi An in the past.
An annual festival takes place 16 January (lunar) with a focus on ancestor worship.
Add: 176 Tran Phu
Trieu Chau Assembly Hall
Built in 1845 Trieu Chau Assembly Hall is dedicated to General Phuc Ba (Bon Dau Quan), a god of mastering waters. The two sides of Phuc Ba’s altar are refined for worshipping the Gods of Wealth and Luck. The east-wing house is dedicated to former sages, chiefs and deputy-chiefs of the house. Every year, descendants of the Trieu Chau people gather at the house from the 1st to the 16th of January (lunar) to worship their ancestors.
Add: 362 Nguyen Duy Hieu
Hai Nam Assembly Hall
Built in 1875 to honour 108 Chinese merchants, who were unjustly killed, because they were mistaken for pirates. Later they were cleared of the charge and named “deities” by King Tu Duc, who granted money to build this assembly hall to make amends by enabling their worship in perpetuity. Like most assembly halls, Hai Nam was built in the Chinese style, consisting of the main worship chamber, the east house, the west house, the front courtyard and the back courtyard.
Add: 10 Tran Phu