Download This Sample
This sample is exclusively for KidsKonnect members!
To download this worksheet, click the button below to signup for free (it only takes a minute) and you'll be brought right back to this page to start the download!
Sign Me Up
Hoi An, which translates to “peaceful meeting place”, is a city located in Vietnam that is recognized as a historic trading port with a mix of indigenous and foreign influences, dating back to the 15th century. Hoi An became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
See the fact file below for more information on the Hoi An or alternatively, you can download our 20-page World Heritage Sites: Hoi An worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
History of Hoi An
- Hoi An was called Hai Pho (translated to “Seaside Town”) between the 7th and 10th centuries, and was controlled by the Cham.
- The Cham were a people composed of Austronesian-speaking Malayo-Polynesian people.
- It was a strategic port city, and was the location for much of the spice trade that went on in Asia.
- Many people referred to Hoi An as the commercial capital of the Champa Empire.
- Transport of spices and teas between Hoi An and other Asian countries, such as Laos and Thailand, relied on the extensive river systems.
- People in Hoi An also relied on the “Japanese Bridge”, which divided Hoi An into a Japanese settlement and a Vietnamese one; it is the only covered bridge with a Buddhist temple on one of its sides.
- The name “Hoi An” was adopted in 1595 by Nguyen Hoang, who saw the commercial potential of the port city.
- Shortly after this, Hoi An surged, and soon became known as the most important trading port on the East Vietnam Sea.
- By the 18th century, it was considered to be the best place to trade in all of Asia, according to Chinese and Japanese merchants.
- In fact, the Japanese thought that Hoi An held the “heart of all of Asia” beneath its surface.
- Not only was Hoi An important for trade within Asia, but it also held significant value to merchants looking to conduct trade from Europe, India, and Japan – especially for ceramics.
- According to naval history, the ceramics traded in Hoi An reached as far as Egypt, highlighting its importance as a trading port.
- Unfortunately, due to its proximity to the river mouth, Da Nang became the new centre of trade at the end of the 18th century.
- Its decline also had something to do with the collapse of the Nguyen rule and the Tay Son Rebellion, which was a rebellion of peasants against foreign trade in the area.
- As a result of this, Hoi An was untouched for the next 200 years, maintaining its historical character, traditional Vietnamese architecture, and its colorful and exotic textiles and ceramics.
- UNESCO declared Hoi An a shining and well-preserved example of the blend of local and foreign influences, and for its unique heritage, history, architecture, and culture.
Tourism & Culture in Hoi An
- There has been a sharp increase in the amount of visitors and tourists to Hoi An, which has prompted an increase in the variety of activities available to guests.
- Travelers may explore the old quarter by motorbike, kayak, motorboat, or bicycle, as the Thu Bon River is still an important and common way to navigate around.
- Food in Hoi An is an interesting blend of Asian influences, and therefore the city offers unique cooking classes which are quickly becoming a popular tourist activity.
- Some common food dishes in Hoi An include cao lau (braised spiced pork noodle, as seen in the picture to the right), banh mi (Vietnamese for bread and baguettes, and usually with lots of fillings), fried pancakes stuffed with meat and vegetables, wonton soup, my quang, and many more.
Places to Visit in Hoi An
- You can view a 15th century shipwreck that was discovered in the 1990s, which was full of ceramic artefacts.
- There are four museums in the city – the Museum of Culture, the Folklore Museum, the Museum of Trade Ceramics, and the Museum of Sa Huynh Culture.
- Other unique experiences to have in Hoi An include lighting lanterns along the river, having good-quality clothes and shoes made along the city streets, visiting the local beaches, watching a water puppet show along the river, and many other unique activities.
World Heritage Sites: Hoi An Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Hoi An across 20 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use World Heritage Sites: Hoi An worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Hoi An, which translates to “peaceful meeting place”, which is a city located in Vietnam that is recognized as a historic trading port with a mix of indigenous and foreign influences, dating back to the 15th century. Hoi An became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Hoi An Facts.
- Hoi An Wordsearch.
- Design a Lantern.
- Diary of an Explorer.
- Food of Hoi An.
- Vietnam Acrostic.
- Hoi An Crossword.
- Symbolic Board.
- Opinion Paragraph.
- Traveling to Hoi An.
- The Japanese Covered Bridge.
Link/cite this page
If you reference any of the content on this page on your own website, please use the code below to cite this page as the original source.
Link will appear as Hoi An Facts & Worksheets: https://kidskonnect.com - KidsKonnect, June 27, 2018
Use With Any Curriculum
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. You can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.