Renowned throughout Asia for its traditional charm, Hoi An is a town untouched by modernization. The pedestrian-only streets of Hoi An Ancient Town lend themselves well to walking tours, making it an easy place to explore in just a few hours. Here’s how to make the most of even the shortest stint.
Museum of Sa Huynh Culture
149 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Vietnam
The Museum of Sa Huynh Culture displays traditional jewelry, terracotta urns, and giant burial jars that held the ashes of Sa Huynh people. On the second floor of the building, the Museum of the Revolution includes portraits of war heroes, as well as more modern objects such as grenade launchers and AK-47s.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Museum of Sa Huynh Culture is a must-visit for history buffs.
A visit to the museum usually takes around one hour.
The museum is best visited as part of a cultural tour of Hoi An Ancient Town.
How to Get There
The Museum of Sa Huynh Culture is located at 149 Tran Phu Street, in the center of Hoi An Ancient Town, making it easily reachable from anywhere in Hoi An. You can combine a visit to the museum with an independent or guided tour of Hoi An, which contains a plethora of historical attractions such as the famous Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau).
When to Get There
The Museum of Sa Huynh Culture is open daily from 7am to 5:30pm. Although the museum itself rarely gets too busy, Hoi An Ancient Town becomes very crowded during the morning and afternoon, when tour groups flock to the area. If you want to feel like you have the ancient town all to yourself, head to the museum first thing in the morning.
The History of Sa Huynh Culture
According to historians and archaeologists, the Sa Huynh people were one of the first in southeast Asia to have contact with India and China, due to the seafront location of Hoi An. In recent years, excavations have unearthed fascinating artifacts of this lost culture, including jewelry, cooking utensils, and ceramics from thousands of years ago.
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