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Sa Huynh Culture Museum

Sa Huynh Culture Museum is a place to store artifacts with a history of more than 2,000 years. It is considered by scientists to be one of the richest and most unique museums in Vietnam. Let’s explore this special cultural museum with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is the Sa Huynh Culture Museum?

Sa Huynh Museum is located at No. 149 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. About 28 km from Da Nang city and about 120 km southeast of Hue city.

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2. How is Sa Huynh culture museum unique?

Originally, Sa Huynh is the name of a place in Duc Pho town, Quang Ngai province, Vietnam. Here, in 1909, French archaeologist Vinet first discovered historical traces symbolizing the ancient Sa Huynh culture.

Furthermore, Sa Huynh Culture Museum is one of the Hoi An tourist destinations that tourists are most interested in. The museum was established in 1994, and is a place to display a variety of unique ancient relics of the Sa Huynh culture. With nearly 950 artifacts unearthed through geological and archaeological surveys at: An Bang, Hau Xa, Thanh Chiem,… during the period from 1989 – 1994.

3. How to get to Sa Huynh Culture Museum?

Sa Huynh Culture Museum is located right in the center of Hoi An Ancient Town at 149 Tran Phu Street. Therefore, when visiting here, you can easily move in many different ways such as: walking, renting bicycles, renting motorbikes to get here. If you go in a small group and have adverse weather conditions such as too hot or heavy rain, you can take a taxi to get to this tourist destination.

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4. Reasons to visit Sa Huynh Culture Museum Hoi An

Sa Huynh Museum in Hoi An ancient town is the place to:

  • Learning more information about burial customs, exchange relationships, concepts of life and death, aesthetic awareness… of ancient residents of the Sa Huynh culture
  • Seeing and visualizing the unique jar tomb culture with a collection of more than 200 perfectly preserved jar tombs
  • Exploring and have a more complete view of the ancient Sa Huynh culture
  • Admiring the ancient artifacts left over from the Sa Huynh culture during the period of development of fishing, rice cultivation, and handicrafts.

5. Archaeological excavation process of Sa Huynh cultural relics

During the 20th and early 21st centuries, Sa Huynh culture was continuously researched and many valuable relics were excavated. Important milestones during the research process:

  • 1909, an important starting point, the year of discovery of jar tombs buried in coastal sand dunes at Sa Huynh
  • In 1934, Ms. Colani went to Sa Huynh to survey and excavate 55 jars in Thanh Duc and 187 jars in Phu Khuong.
  • In 1939, Janse went to Sa Huynh to survey and excavate 30 jar tombs
  • In 1957, Malleret excavated pottery shards on the surface of the monument
  • After 1975, Vietnamese archaeologists excavated a series of Sa Huynh cultural sites, bringing valuable documents.
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6. Cultural values ​​stored in Sa Huynh Culture Museum Hoi An

When stepping inside the museum, we will see neatly arranged glass cabinets displaying artifacts one by one. In addition to the artifacts, which are accompanied by a clear documentation system and photos of their excavated origins. There are signposts hung on the walls, introducing details about each collection of antiques.

For sure, “Sa Huynh Culture” is the most outstanding collection on display at the museum. The researched artifacts partly clearly reflect the lives of ancient residents of the Sa Huynh cultural system. It is related to Southeast Asia, South India, and China culture.

When visiting each exhibition area, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the social life, customs, aesthetic awareness of ancient residents living in Hoi An in each period of development. Thereby, we can clearly see the relationship and cultural exchange between countries, setting the stage for the future development of the economy and culture of Central Vietnam.

In addition, the Sa Huynh Culture Museum is also a place to display artifacts discovered from the Bai Ong site – Cu Lao Cham. This is authentic evidence that indigenous people have lived here for more than 3,000 years.

Antiquities surveys began to be carried out in 1989, and so one after another, relics and artifacts in Hoi An were gradually discovered.

After more than 10 years of exploration and research using many methods, archaeologists have localized the relics. They mainly concentrated and spread out in areas with currents such as coastal areas, rivers, swamp,…. and created by sediment deposition.

Finally, with priceless historical and cultural values, Sa Huynh Culture Museum is recognized by the scientific community as one of the leading rich and unique museums in Vietnam.

7. Enjoying Hoi An specialties when visiting Sa Huynh Culture Museum

Traveling to Hoi An Ancient Town, you can not only admire the beautiful natural landscapes, unique architectural works and diverse traditional culture,…But you can also enjoy specialties in this beautiful land. This is also one of the highlights that attracts tourists from all over to visit and explore.

7.1 Cao Lau

Cao Lau Hoi An is an extremely attractive specialty dish. At the first time, this dish looks quite similar to Quang noodles, but the fibers are chewier, and the sauce is also unique, rich, and full of flavor.

7.2 Hoi An chicken rice

According to Hoi An travel experiences of gourmet tourists, chicken rice is a dish you must try when coming to Hoi An. Because Hoi An chicken rice recipe is very different, the rice is soft and fragrant, the chicken is firm and chewy. Moreover, when you enjoy it with black pepper sauce, it is extremely delicious.

7.3 Quang Phu Chiem Noodles

This is a typical dish of Hoi An with white noodles, delicious and sweet broth cooked with fresh shrimp and crab. The dish is enjoyed with golden, crispy rice paper.

7.4 Mrs Phuong Bread

Mrs Phuong bread was voted the most delicious bread in the world. Because the bread’s flavor is very delicious, rich and all the ingredients from the inside of the bread to the crust are incredibly harmonious.

8. Accommodation when visiting Sa Huynh culture museum

Because the museum is located right in the center of Hoi An city. Therefore, you can easily find a place to stay that suits your needs and budget.

8.1 Resorts:

  • La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa. Address: 132 Hung Vuong, Thanh Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Osaka Riverside Villa & Spa. Address: Cam Ha, Hoi An City, Quang Nam.
  • A Little Luxury Hotel & Spa. Address: 86 Tran Hung Dao, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Christina’s Hoi An. Address: Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cam Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Hoi An Ancient House Resort & Spa. Address: 377 Cua Dai, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa. Address: 461- 463 Hai Ba Trung, Tan An, city. Hoi An, Quang Nam.

8.2 Hotels:

  • Hoi An Odyssey Hotel. Address: Tran Trung Tri, Cam Nam, City. Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Hoi An Estuary Villa. Address: Tan Thinh, Cam An, Hoi An City, Quang Nam.
  • Ivy Villa. Address: 168 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Hoi An River Town Hotel. Address: 26 Thoai Ngoc Hau, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Little Town Villa. Address: 239 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Melody Boutique Villa. Address: 01 Phan Ngoc Nhan, Cam Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam.

8.3 Homestays

  • Phuong Vi Homestay. Address: 39 Nguyen Truong To, Son Phong, Hoi An City, Quang Nam.
  • Coconut Garden Homestay. Address: 122 Nguyen Khoa, Cam Nam, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Horizon Homestay Hoi An. Address: 23 Xuan Dieu, Tan An, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • An Hoi Town Homestay. Address: 109 Nguyen Phuc Tan, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Mama’s House Homestay. Address: 06 Nguyen Duc Canh, Tan An, Hoi An, Quang Nam.

9. Some other museums near Sa Huynh culture museum

Hoi An is a city that owns many museums as well as ancient pagodas and temples. In addition to Sa Huynh Museum, you should visit some other museums that are also very famous and rich in cultural value. Such as:

  • Cultural History Museum. Address: 10B Tran Hung Dao – Hoi An.
  • Museum of Trade Ceramics. Address: 80 Tran Phu – Hoi An.
  • Museum of Folklore. Address: 33 Nguyen Thai Hoc – Hoi An.
  • Room of Revolutionary Traditions. Address: 10B Tran Hung Dao – Hoi An.

10. Some important notes when visiting Sa Huynh culture museum

When visiting the Sa Huynh Culture Museum, you need to pay attention to:

  • Choosing appropriate clothing to enter the museum.
  • No smoking in the museum area.
  • Do not touch or handle exhibits.
  • Maintaining order and general hygiene.
  • Any action that causes damage or loss of property in the museum will require compensation.

Although these are just the first steps in the excavation and research of Sa Huynh culture. So the collections of artifacts at the Sa Huynh Culture Museum have given us a realistic view of the cultural history of Sa Huynh. Hoi An residents in prehistoric times.

Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator, firmly believes that Hoi An will have many valuable relics that will be found by archaeologists in the future, helping visitors to this place to understand more about Sa Huynh culture, about the origin and nature of the people of Hoi An ancient town.

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