The Old House Of Phung Hung
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The Old House of Phung Hung

Located inside the ancient streets, the Old House of Phung Hung or Phung Hung ancient house appears as a shining mark of the past prosperity in this brilliant land. To date, this historic house is more than 240 years old. It becomes a historical witness through many ups and downs in Hoi An. Take some time and walk around this time-tested place with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Phung Hung’s ancient house?

The Old House of Phung Hung is located at No. 4, Nguyen Minh Khai Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. About 28 km from Da Nang city and about 120 km southeast of Hue city.

2. How is the Old House of Phung Hung unique?

Built in the 1780s, the Old House of Phung Hung still retains its original state with its sophisticated and unique architecture. It has become a tourist destination that attracts a large number of tourists every year.

The Old House of Phung Hung is located right next to the famous Cau Pagoda, so you can easily move here to visit. From Hoi An walking street, Hoi An night market or Hoi An ancient town center. You just need to go to Cau Pagoda to see the Old House of Phung Hung, just one house away.

Especially, carrying many important cultural, historical and artistic architectural significance in Hoi An. On June 29, 1993, the Old House of Phung Hung was granted the title of Historical – Cultural Monument.

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3. Tickets to visit the Old House of Phung Hung in Hoi An

The Old House of Phung Hung in Hoi An is one of the relics that requires a ticket to visit. However, the entrance ticket price is also quite affordable. With only 120,000 VND/turn, you can visit all 3 ancient houses: Phung Hung, Duc An ancient house and Quan Thang ancient house.

Opening hours:

  • the Old House of Phung Hung operates from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday.

4. Learning about the history of the Old House of Phung Hung in Hoi An

The Old House of Phung Hung was built around the end of the 18th century by a Vietnamese merchant. With the purpose of trading items, such as cinnamon, pepper, salt, silk, ceramics, and glass. Besides, the name “Phung Hung” was given by the homeowner to mean “prosperous” with the wish for smooth and prosperous business. Up to now, the house is being preserved and lived here by the 8th generation descendants.

5. Exploring the Old House of Phung Hung in Hoi An

5.1 Overview of the house

Looking from the outside, the house has a tubular shape and a wide frontage, clearly expressing the owner’s desire and desire to “prosper and prosper”. The house is 2 floors high with 2 folds connecting each other in the Northwest direction, with 4 roofs.

This design was also very suitable and convenient for business and trade in ancient times. The main materials in construction are ironwood and other rare woods, giving the house a warm and prosperous brown coat. Right at the main door of the house are two extremely majestic doors. This door eye is both a decoration and a mascot to protect the house. According to spiritual beliefs, it has the role of guarding the house and chasing away bad things.

5.2 Exploring the unique architecture on the 1st floor

Previously, the first owner used the ground floor of the house for display and sales. Currently, the ground floor is a place to store antiques of the homeowner during his lifetime, and is also a place to receive guests. Visitors who come to “visit the house” can sit and rest on a luxurious set of tables and chairs made from precious wood placed in the middle of the house. The walls around the ground floor are decorated with delicate and artistic carvings. These wonderful carved details were created by the artisans of Kim Bong carpentry village.

The house’s column system is made up of 80 extremely sturdy ironwood trees. To reduce the house’s settlement and at the same time prevent termite damage, all house columns are placed on stone bases. This kick helps prevent contact between the column base and the ground, limiting damage.

5.3 Visiting the 2nd floor of the Old House of Phung Hung

Stepping up to the 2nd floor of the house, visitors will see a sacred and ancient feeling covering the whole room. This is where the homeowner places the altar of ancestors and Thien Hau Thanh Mau. A table is placed in front of the altars. The host always places seven marble dice in the bowl. Every time they go away, they roll the dice to decide the departure time.

Because it is located near the river, in the past it was easy to flood, so the attic floor has square openings, called “trap doors”. This door can be easily removed to facilitate the transportation of goods from the ground floor to the upstairs in case of flood.

Looking up, the roof is covered with yin and yang tiles. This type of tile:

  • Helps keep the house airy and cool in the summer, while at the same time, retaining heat well in the winter.
  • People carved the Carp images on the tiles. Carp is a symbol of luck, prosperity, and power in ancient Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese cultures.

A narrow corridor in the innermost room is the way to go to the 2nd floor. Surrounding the 2nd floor is a wide corridor system, all made of wood. The scientific arrangement of the stairs makes the house more spacious and airy.

Visiting the Old House of Phung Hung, a slow-motion scene of the life of an ancient merchant family seems to be recreated in front of you. That makes tourists from all over curious, interested, fascinated, and captivated.

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6. Specialties when visiting the Old House of Phung Hung in Hoi An

the Old House of Phung Hung is located right in the center of Hoi An ancient town, so when traveling here. Not only will you be able to admire the ancient house tinged with history and time, but you will also have the opportunity to enjoy Hoi An specialties.

6.1 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.

6.2 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.

6.3 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. You can enjoy this dish with golden, crispy rice paper.

6.4 Mrs Phuong Bread

Visitors had voted Mrs Phuong bread is one of 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.

6.5 Hoi An sweet soup

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. Or people sell sweet soup for 1 mixed cup with all types.

7. Accommodation when visiting the Old House of Phung Hung in Hoi An

Because it is located in the central area of ​​Hoi An ancient town, you do not have to worry about where to stay. Because Hoi An ancient town is a famous tourist destination throughout Vietnam. When you come here, you can refer to some accommodations below:

  • Vinh Hung Heritage Hotel. Address: 143 Tran Phu, Minh An, Minh An, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province.
  • Little Boss Homestay. Address: 89 Nguyen Phuc Tan, Minh An ward, Minh An, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province.
  • Hoi An Reverie Villas. Address: 257 Twenty-Eight March, Thanh Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province.
  • Bill Ben Homestay Hoi An. Address: 20 Luu Quy Ky Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province.
  • D Central Homestay Hoi An. Address: 33 Nguyen Phuc Tan, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province.
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8. Some other famous tourist attractions near the Old House of Phung Hung in Hoi An

In addition to the itinerary to explore the more than 240-year-old Old House of Phung Hung. Near Hoi An ancient town, there are many other famous tourist destinations that you can also visit. Such as:

  • Hoi An Bridge Pagoda: A Japanese-style temple spanning a branch of the Thu Bon river. Previously, Bridge Pagoda is a very important place responsible for regulating traffic and travel in the port town of Hoi An.
  • Hoi An Night Market: Where you can have fun, enjoy Hoi An standard cuisine and shop for unique gifts to take home as gifts after your trip. The market is open from 5:00 p.m. to about 11:00 p.m. every day.
  • Fujian Assembly Hall: A typical cultural architectural work with many meanings and historical marks associated with many generations in Hoi An. This Assembly Hall possesses magnificent architecture, delicate carvings, and magnificent splendor with the dominant red color tone that stands out throughout the entire area.
  • Cantonese Assembly Hall: Built in 1885, this place currently preserves many ancient artifacts and is the place to organize festivals such as Nguyen Tieu Day and Quan Cong Remembrance Day. The Cantonese Assembly Hall has majestic beauty and is one of the places worthy of a visit.
  • Sa Huynh Cultural Museum: Is a place to display and store thousands of artifacts about ancient residents of the Sa Huynh Cultural system. This will be a suitable place for tourists who are eager in learning about Sa Huynh culture.

It is worth visiting the Old House of Phung Hung

The journey to explore the Old House of Phung Hung will certainly leave visitors with many unforgettable emotions and memories. The ancient house has witnessed many changes in Hoi An ancient town over the past 2 centuries.

If you have the opportunity to travel to Hoi An, please contact Origin Vietnam. We are the professional tour operator to not miss this attractive tourist destination. We hope that through the article shared above. You will have more useful information to make the tour as complete as possible.

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