Minh Huong Communal House, Hoi An Ancient Town
Main activity during traveling Hoi An Ancient Town is perhaps visiting ancient architectures. Minh Huong Communal House is one of the famous architectures attracting many tourists of local and foreign the country.
Minh Huong Communal House, also known as Tuy Tien Duong Minh Huong, Dinh Tien Hien Minh Huong or simply Minh Huong Temple is located at 14 Tran Phu Street. According to history books, in 1636 Qing Dynasty started ruling in China. Not accepting Qing Dynasty’s rule, many Chinese people came countries Southeastern Asia, including Vietnam. At that time, in Viet Nam, Nguyen lords were expanding the land to the south, the lords accepted the Overseas Chinese to settle down. Hoi An Ancient Town is one of the destinations of the Oversea Chinese also known as Minh Huong people. Coming here, they set up their assembly halls or temples to use for meeting the compatriots and worshiping their patron gods and ancestor. Especially, Minh Huong Communal House is a religious architectural work created by the Minh Huong people to worship their ancestors who set up Minh Huong Village, one of the ancient villages in Hoi An Ancient Town.
Minh Huong Communal House was built in the middle of the 17th century. The temple architecture is elaborately crafted by the skillful hands of craftsmen of Kim Bong Carpentry Village (a famous carpentry village in Hoi An City). Later, after many times of restoration, the temple has still kept his old appearance.
The Temple is built with the wood pillars and the roofs are covered by yin-yang tiles. The main hall has 3 spaces and worships tablets carved Chinese words, in front has a horizontal board carving 4 words “Tuy Tien Duong Minh Huong” in Chinese.
Minh Huong Communal House is a typical monument associated with the history of formation and development of Hoi An Ancient Town. The Temple was granted a certificate of historical and cultural relics on March 29, 1993.
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