The Chinese Assembly Halls

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A long time ago, many Chinese immigrants came to the central part of Vietnam which included Hoi An Town. They decided to create the chances for themselves and the next generations to socialize and preserve the Chinese traditions by building many Assembly Halls. Today, although not all of the halls stay the same, the five remaining ones including Fujian, Chaozhou, Hainan, Cantonese, and Chinese. All are in the tour route of attractions of the Town.

The Chinese Assembly Halls are all situated in Tran Phu Street, facing the Thu Bon River and covering a pretty wide area. Generally, they all follow a formula that was used by Chinese assembly halls in other cities: a grand gate, a main hall, a large altar room and a nice garden with ornamental plants. The decoration is a role part of an assembly hall which is carried out skillfully at all of the halls with statues, murals, lacquered boards and so on. However, as each Chinese community has its own beliefs, different assembly halls worship different gods and goddesses.

Fujian Assembly Hall is greatest and most famous among the five assembly halls built in Hoi An. It was constructed around 1690 with the purpose as a place for the Chinese ethnic group from Fujian, China to socialize and worship. The main part of the hall features with a temple dedicated to Thien Hau - the goddess of the sea who preserves sailors from danger. With some beautiful paintings, murals and huge altars, this temple is famous not only for worshiping Thien Hau but also for the majestic beauty and the power of other influential gods and goddesses in the Chinese’s belief.

Moreover, the temple has a variety of statues, bronze drums, horizontal lacquered board and bronze bells which was engraved with Chinese characters. Both the combination and arrangement of every element in the hall tend to imply the Chinese philosophy of happiness.

Nowadays, there are many events and activities to organize Chinese’s festivals in the Fukien Assembly Hall. It becomes a must-see destination for travelers from both inside and outside of Vietnam when visiting Hoi An Ancient Town.

 

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