The sounds from the past in an ancient town

By HOANG LY |

(QNO) - Hoi An ancient town, a busiest trade port and a largest business centre in the Southeast Asia between the 15th and 19th centuries, is now crowded with buyers and sellers, garment, art and handicraft shops…Its tranquil space, however,  is still unchanged.

A peaceful atmosphere covers all the streets and lanes in Hoi An city. The sounds of human voice seem to be gentler and more melodious as if the people here are afraid that they would wake up the ancient town’s soul.  The business is also done in bargain whispers deep inside each shop. There is hardly vehicle exhaust and noise.

The sounds and images from the past

Everybody here always tries not to cause the noise that may affect the others. The only sound to be heard clearly may be from a concert somewhere in the town. The harmonious sounds and the green of the secular trees help to ease the summer heat in Quang Nam.

Historically, Hoi An, which used to be the trade port of Cham people, was affected by many different cultures including Sa Huynh, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, etc. The traces of these cultures can be easily found here in over 1,300 architectures that remind of a thousands-year-old ancient town.

The beautiful small park Kazik on Tran Phu Street is named after a Vietnamese citizen emeritus – Polish architect Kazimier Kwiatkowsky, who discovered and introduced Hoi An to the UNESCO so that it was recognized as a world heritage. Therefore, “without Kazik , we would not have a Hoi An like this”, said professor Hoang Đao Kinh.

Hoi An sparkling evenings

Hoi An in the evening becomes sparkling and fanciful with the colorful lanterns all over the town. The atmosphere also becomes cooler thanks to the river system around the town. Many visitors are very interested in the beauty of the town’s eve; they try to take some pictures at some sites, especially Japanese tourists at Chua Cau (the Japanese Bridge), which imprints the appearance of the Japanese ancestors in Vietnam.

The traditional music performances of Quang Nam are also presented to the public in front of the cultural centers, theatres and museums every evening. In addition, in every 14th evening of the Lunar calendar, visitors will enjoy flower garlands and colored lanterns floating on the river bearing the prayers of the locals and the tourists in the dark hours of the lightlessness.

People in Hoi An are gentle, friendly and open-hearted. Maybe, all the visitors coming to Hoi An can have their own experiences of Hoi An but most of them have a common percipience; it is the local nature that can not be mistaken for any other places. Therefore, it is not surprised that Hoi An was voted as one of 10 most attractive destinations of Asia in 2011 by Smart Travel Asia.

By HOANG LY