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Tan Ky Ancient House

Hoi An is famous as a land imbued with the traditional and nostalgic cultural beauty of the Central region of Vietnam. In particular, there are still many ancient architectural works hundreds of years old here, including Tan Ky ancient house.

Tan Ky Ancient House is the first ancient house to be honored as a National Heritage. It is considered a “living museum” that retains almost intact the typical architecture of ancient Hoi An ancient houses. So what is so attractive about this ancient house that attracts tourists? Join Origin Vietnam to learn about interesting experiences in the article below.

1. Where is Tan Ky ancient house?

Tan Ky ancient house is located at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Minh An ward, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, Vietnam. About 29 km from Da Nang city and about 121 km southeast of Hue city.

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2. How is Tan Ky ancient house unique?

Each house in Hoi An ancient town is an outstanding individual of the architectural complex of the whole city. Therefore, Hoi An people still live normal daily lives in their neighborhood, they associate their lives with these ancient architecture. Besides, it is considered the most beautiful and oldest ancient house in Hoi An. Tan Ky ancient house still preserves many precious antiques, and has been an attractive destination for tourists.

Experiencing the ups and downs of a history of more than 200 years. Tan Ky architectural ancient house still retains its unique features. It has become an attractive destination for tourists to explore the ancient beauty of Hoi An ancient town. In addition, this place has been the home of 7 generations of the Le family. Currently, the homeowners are still living in the upper floor area. The ground floor is used as a tourist attraction for tourists.

3. Unique architecture of Tan Ky ancient house in Hoi An

Tan Ky Ancient House is an ingenious combination of three architectural styles: Vietnam, Japan and China. The ancient house was built in the late 18th century with the first purpose of doing business and trading agricultural products.

Tan Ky Ancient House is the first ancient house of Hoi An Ancient Town, along with the Covered Bridge and Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. It was recognized by the Ministry of Culture as a cultural and historical relic in 1985. Despite many changes, Tan Ky still retains almost intact architectural and cultural values.

4. Sightseeing ticket prices and opening hours of Tan Ky ancient house in Hoi An

  • Sightseeing ticket price: 35,000 VND/person/turn
  • Opening hours: From 8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m
  • Tour duration: 20 minutes
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5. When is the best time to visit Tan Ky ancient house?

The period from March to August is the ideal time to travel to Tan Ky ancient house. At this time, Hoi An has little rain, the air is airy and fresh, along with bright golden sunshine. It is suitable for you to check in and explore other attractive tourist destinations in the city.

6. How to get to Tan Ky ancient house?

To move to Tan Ky ancient house in Hoi An city, you must move to Da Nang city first and then move to Tan Ky ancient house.

6.1 Moving To Da Nang City

Because it is the central region of Vietnam, Da Nang tourism has many means of transportation for you to choose from. Depending on your location, you can choose different forms of transportation such as:

  • Travel By airplane: The most popular form chosen by many tourists when traveling to Da Nang is the plane because of its convenience, speed and time saving.
  • By passenger cars: Currently there are many bus companies from seats to sleepers running the North-South route to serve the travel needs of tourists.
  • By train: This is the way chosen by many young people because traveling by train is faster than a bus and you can see the scenery throughout the trip. In particular, if your schedule includes Hue, the train is a reasonable choice because you can get off at Hue station and then move on to Da Nang.

6.2 Traveling from Da Nang city to Tan Ky ancient house

From Da Nang, go south about 35 km to Hoi An, you can choose one of the following means of transport:

  • Personal motorbike: If you ride a personal motorbike from the starting point to Hoi An, you can save on travel costs and experience the feeling of discovery on the roads. Depending on the departure location, travel time varies, however this is a suitable vehicle for locations near Hoi An such as Da Nang, Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Ngai,…
  • Bus: From Da Nang city center, you can catch a bus to Hoi An with a fare of 30,000 VND/trip with a travel time of about 80 minutes. However, please note that the Da Nang – Hoi An bus operates from 5:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily and trips usually depart about 20 minutes apart.
  • Taxi: This is a suitable vehicle for large travel groups as you can move quickly and save money. The reference price is about 450,000 – 500,000 VND/trip with a travel time of about 60 minutes.
  • Motorbike rental: You can rent a motorbike in Da Nang for about 150,000 VND/motorbike/day so you can be proactive in your travel schedule. From Da Nang – Hoi An you can follow the route: National Highway 1A – Vinh Dien Street – Hoi An city center.
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7. The beauty of Tan Ky ancient house in Hoi An

7.1 Historical story of the formation of Tan Ky ancient house

Tan Ky Hoi An ancient house was built in 1741 (in the 18th century) by a Chinese merchant named Le Cong. In the second generation, the homeowner named this house Tan Ky with the meaning of prosperity and began to expand trade and agricultural products.

After more than 200 years and many events, the ancient house still retains almost intact its unique architectural and cultural value. In particular, in 1990, Tan Ky ancient house was honored to receive the title of National Historical and Cultural Monument and was recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.

7.2 Impressive combination of Chinese – Japanese – Vietnamese architectural quintessence

Traveling to Tan Ky ancient house in Hoi An, you will be impressed by the wonderful architectural beauty of interference between the three cultures of China – Vietnam – Japan. The ancient house consists of 2 floors, 3 compartments made from precious materials such as truss wood, ironwood, jackfruit wood, Thanh Hoa stone, Bat Trang bricks,…

Based on feng shui elements, beliefs, and Eastern culture to design a tubular house, the motifs and parallel sentences on the columns, beams, walls, and household items are all delicately and elaborately carved.

7.3 “Living museum” stores precious antiques

Not only is it an ancient house – the place where the homeowner has lived for many generations, Tan Ky is also a place where many precious treasures with historical and cultural significance are kept. Inside the house there are many beautiful horizontal panels and tureens, especially among them is the set “Bach Dieu” written with 100 strokes. Along with that are many antiques such as Confucius cups (dated 550 – 600 years), teapots, ceramic dishes, antique tables and chairs,…

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8. Specialties when visiting Tan Ky ancient house in Hoi An

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.

8.1 Cao Lau

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

8.2 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, eaten with extremely delicious black pepper sauce.

8.3 Quang Phu Chiem Noodles

Actually, 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.

8.4 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.

8.5 Hoi An sweet soup

What to eat in Hoi An? You definitely cannot miss the sweet soup dishes. The sweet soup has the typical flavor of Quang with many types. Such as: corn sweet soup, black sesame sweet soup, black bean sweet soup, royal bean sweet soup, long bean sweet soup, floating sweet soup, etc. You can choose to eat each type separately or ask the lady to sell it. Sweet soup is sold for 1 mixed cup with all types.

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9. Accommodation when visiting Tan Ky ancient house in Hoi An

When traveling to Tan Ky ancient house, you can refer to some of the accommodations below:

9.1 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.

9.2 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.

9.3 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.

10. Some other famous attractions near Tan Ky ancient house in Hoi An

Tan Ky Ancient House in Hoi An is located on the road with many famous cultural and historical tourist attractions. Therefore, when traveling here, you can combine visiting some other places. Such as:

10.1 Hoi An Bridge Pagoda

Bridge Pagoda in Hoi An possesses beautiful architecture of Oriental culture with a yin-yang tile roof. In particular, it designed based on rare wood materials across the romantic Hoai River.

10.2 Hoi An Phuc Kien Assembly Hall

This is a famous spiritual tourist destination in Hoi An, a place to worship Thien Hau Thanh Mau and its architecture imbued with ancient and solemn Chinese beauty. Especially at night when red lanterns are lit, the patterns at the temple gate become more sparkling and beautiful than ever.

10.3 Hoi An Lune Center

Hoi An Lune Center is a bamboo performing arts theater, where you can enjoy works imbued with unique cultural and religious imprints in this beautiful ancient city. Not only that, when you come here, you can also admire the romantic beauty of the peaceful and fresh Hoai and Thu Bon rivers.

11. Some important notes when traveling to Tan Ky ancient house in Hoi An

Below are some notes when traveling to Tan Ky ancient house in Hoi An that you should not miss to have a meaningful and exciting trip.

  • You should prepare elegant, discreet clothing when visiting Tan Ky ancient house to show respect for the homeowner.
  • When admiring ancient houses, you should limit touching the artifacts in the house.
  • Especially, for groups of 8 or more people, interpretation is free.
  • Limiting loud talking and walking softly so as not to affect the homeowner’s living space.
  • Souvenir counters are the ideal place for you to buy unique souvenir products in Hoi An.

Quietly going through the years, preserving precious cultural and historical values. Tan Ky ancient house has become a symbol of Hoi An, sticking together and becoming a “flesh and blood” part of people’s lives.

If you are passionate about exploring history and architecture, are you planning your upcoming vacation? Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional tour operator. We will design unique tour itineraries and accompany you on your tours in Hoi An to discover the charming of Tan Ky ancient house with the most interesting experiences.

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