Hội An Most Beautiful Old Houses Mansions Family Chapels
Hội An has the most beautiful old houses, mansions, and historic houses that are intact in this ancient town. The Hội An Heritage Visit package has 5 tickets to visit the 22 sightseeing places and streets in the Old Town.
A visit to these ancestral homes is best for finding out more about culture, family, history and getting a lot of local flavor and character.
You can plan your visits based on the popularity of the sites which ranged from ancient houses to assembly halls, museums, and even architecture relics.
SmartDory visited the Old House of Tan Ky and wish to return on another day to tour the rest of the old mansions and view at leisure.
The Tran Family Chapel
The centuries-old Tran Family Chapel is one of the most historic houses built at the beginning of the 19th century. Built by Tran Tu Nhac, a Mandarin under Gia Long Reign, the house was designed to follow strictly to the rules of Feng Shui. The house has elements of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture which gives it its distinct oriental heritage and oral histories.
Tran Family Chapel is a gathering place for all members of the Tran family to meet for ancestral worship. The garden setting of flowers, fruit trees, ornamental plants, and century-old trees is a cozy atmosphere for the Tran family gatherings.
The Tran Family Chapel | 21, Le Loi Street, Hội An, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Opens daily from 08.30AM to 06.00PM
Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel
Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel built by Nguyen Tuong Van in the early 19th century has a fine collection of rare old books and antiques.
A rare copy of 10 thing Village Regulation (Huong Uoc Thap Dieu) of Hoi An drafted by Nguyen Tuong Tiep in Chinese is kept here. This family home is often referred to as Dinh Ong Lon. The temple is currently under the care of the 10th generation descendant of Nguyen.
Nguyen Tuong Family Chapel | 8/2, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Hội An, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Opens daily from 08:00-17:00
Old House of Phun Hung
One of the most famous homes of a rich family, the Old House of Phung Hung was built in 1780. The old house bears the popular style of the 19th century. It is a is a typical wooden commercial house with a tubular shape. It has a wide façade but is a lot shorter than other old-style houses. The house is a double story building with four roofs and is a unique blend of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese styles.
The ground floor was a trading shop dealing in silk, chinaware, glassware, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Part of the house is now utilized as a gift shop and for commercial embroideries. The upper floor is reserved for the worship of Thien Hau Holy Mother and the family’s ancestors.
Old House of Phun Hung | 4, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Hội An, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Daily 08.30 AM – 06.00 PM
Old House of Quan Thang
It is easy to miss this beautiful old house. I remember walking by the house but did not look beyond its simple exterior.
Built in the early 18th century, this private house was originally owned by Captain Quan Thang. The Old House of Quan Thang carries the architecture style of Hoa Ha, China. The decorative oriental style architecture is one of a sophisticated sculptured building with intricate details. Visitors appreciate the artistically carved wooden balusters, wattles, shutters, taken right up to the auxiliary arched roof and rafter finials.
Its impressive beautiful blue ceramics shard work in the courtyard hint at its valuable pottery collections inside the house.
Old House of Quan Thang |77, Tran Phu Street, Hội An, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Opens daily from 09:30 AM – 06:00 PM
Old House Duc An
Old House Duc An is a family run and owned home which is well kept and maintained by descendants of the original owners. The building has some period furniture. At one point it served as a medicine shop, a bookshop and a gathering point for anti-French activities!
There is a gift shop selling a good range of jewelry and souvenirs. The family doesn’t charge an admission fee, there is a donation box if you wish to support. Drop in to see how what it was like to live in the 19th century.
Old House Duc An | 129 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Opens daily from 08.00AM – 09:00 PM
Old House of Tan Ky
The popular Old House of Tan Ky was packed like sardines when I visited. There were numerous tour groups and travelers milling around. The English speaking Vietnamese guides, however, did a good job explaining to small groups of travelers but not in great detail as it was the peak hour when I walked in.
The house has elements of Japanese and Chinese influences in its architecture. The interior is beautiful and articulate with many symbolisms. I was intrigued by some 150-year-old panels with Mother of Pearl inlay wooden Chinese characters formed entirely of birds portrayed gracefully in various positions of flight.
The back of the house faces the river. It was rented out to foreign merchants who traded it was close enough for loading and offloading.
One of the most sobering things I noted was the record recent flood heights on a wall. The 1964 record showed that the entire ground level was completely covered. Most of the furniture and wooden columns, beams remain intact. There are two pulleys attached to a beam in the loft used for moving goods which are today used to raise the antiques in the event of floods.
Old House of Tan Ky | 101 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Daily 08.00 AM – 05.00 PM
How to get there
Hội An’s most beautiful mansions, old houses, and chapels are located in the center of the old town. Getting there on foot or bicycle is fairly easy if you’re up for some leisure walking or peddling.
Some Useful Tips
The Hội An Ancient Townsite opens from Mon to Sun, from 08.30AM to 12.00AM. Admission fee is different for Vietnamese and foreigners: VND 40,000/3 sites (Vietnamese) and VND 75,000/6 sites (foreigners). Note that ticket in Hoi An is a little bit different from other places.
The entrance ticket is for admittance to all the old streets of the Heritage Town, 5 sites, and 1 cultural show.
For the 5 sites, Hội An Most Beautiful Old Houses Mansions Family Chapels do choose one from
four ‘old houses’
three ‘assembly halls’
the handicraft workshop and either
the Japanese Bridge or the Quan Cong Temple
The cultural show entitles entry to a traditional music concert.
For visits: Please dress decently. Sleeveless blouses, shorts, over the knee skirts, and dresses are not allowed inside sightseeing places. You’re all set to explore the ancient city now!