Newly-Open Chinese House in Hoi An

A brand new Chinese Social House with unique architecture was opened for visitors in Hoi An city, Quang Nam.

Hoi An city has just established the tourism spot of Hai Nam Social House at 10th Tran Phu street. This Social House resides near the walking-only streets in the old streets section.

Hai Nam Social House was previously called as Quynh Phu Social House, built since 1860s of 19th century with Chinese ancient architecture. The house still has full sections like main hall, East hall, West hall, frontyard, backyard…

Throughout many times and historical events, Chinese Social House in Hoi An still be able to fully preserve the architecture, worship culture, cultural lifestyle. Before Hai Nam Social House, Hoi An city already allowed other historical monuments such as Phuoc Kien, Quang Dong, Trieu Chau Social House for tourism.

Hai Nam Social House has many differences compared to previous social houses, typically the altar set in main hall made of gold-trimmed woods describing the life activities of the Three Realm: ‘Heaven – Earth – Sea Palace’, which is extremely unique.

Inside the dragon gate lies tablets of 108 spirits of those who were merchants, unjustly killed by the army because they were mistaken for the pirates. Later on, king Tu Duc renounced their unjustly death and give them the title of ‘Nghia Liet Chieu Ung, then built a shrine to honor them.

All the wooden ornaments inside Hai Nam Social House were ordered and made by the craftmen in China. The ornaments were delivered via sea route to Hoi An seaport, then carried to the house for installment. These are approximately more than 100 years old.

From the main hall’s viewpoint, to the left there is God of Avarice’s altar, to the right there is Ancestors altar, both have the meaning of praying for good fortune and ancestors’ protection. The picture here features Ancestors’ altar.

In the Social House, there are many documents related to the story of 108 spirits renounced by king Tu Duc.

The house has two ancient chair-lines with more than 100 years old, which were assembled and imported from China. The back and the front of these chairs were embedded with natural stones, the surrounding was decorated with pearls. According to the Social House’s caretakers, several years ago the relics collectors came and asked to buy these chairs with the price of 10 million per chair. But the Social House refused to sell.

Source: Hoi An tours

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