The Tran Family Chapel, Hoi An, Quang Nam
One of the interesting activities when traveling Hoi An Ancient Town is visiting the ancient building constructions. The Tran Family Chapel has a special architecture style, and it is still in an intact situation in spite of going through for a long time. This article helps you know generally about the origin and architecture of the chapel before you come to visit it.
The Tran Family Chapel located on Le Loi Street was built by Tran Tu Nhac, a highly-respected mandarin under Gia Long Reign, at the beginning of the 19th century. Formerly, It served as an ancestor worshiping place of the Tran family, as well as a reminder about the family’s tradition. Since 1975, when Vietnam was peaceful, this place has been both a worshiping place and a sightseeing place.
The campus of the house has the area of 1,500 m2 and surrounded with a simple gate and high walls. Inside the campus, there are ornamental plants, flowers, fruit trees, and century-old plants. Sitting amidst campus is an old building built according to Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese combination architecture, which has existed for almost the same as two centuries. Made of precious wood and pan-tiles-covered roof, the house has become famous for its East Asian style of architecture: one main part for worshipping (Inside the main part, there is a horizontal wood board and a vertical wood panel pair with Chinese words carved skillfully. That makes the chapel more ancient and mysterious. Especially, there is a photo of a man in a long dress, and there is a sword next to it. It is the progenitor of the Tran Family.), and supplemental part for the leader of the family and his guests. The drawing room of the chapel has separate entries for men and women: the left is for men and the right is only for women, according to old belief. There is another door in the center of the room, used for festivals such as Tet, which is said to be the door for souls of the ancestors to enter the house.
Generally, The Tran Family Chapel has the East Asian combination architecture style in the 19th century. Until now, it has still been in an intact situation. The chapel is a destination that visitors cannot be missed when traveling Hoi An Ancient Town. The chapel is located in the center of the old town, so getting it is not difficult, visitors can also go by bike or on foot.