Located at 33 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Museum of Folk Culture is a well-known destination with incredibly picturesque architecture which attracts thousands of tourists coming every year.
It is the largest old house in Hoi An ancient town with 57m length and 9m width.
Museum of Folk Culture Hoi An has two floods all of which made from wood. In the past, the main door of the Folklore Museum overlooks the Hoai River to be convenient to trade. “Hoai” meaning “retro” which is a beautiful name was well-off commerce and cultural exchanges during the late 17th century have many boats carrying goods from merchants throughout the world such as Westen countries, China, Japan, India ….Nowadays, one side overlooks Nguyen Thai Hoc stress, the other looks strange Bach Dang river.
Thanks to cultural activities and mass media that bring the long-lasting history of culture, the creativity and unique characteristics of the ancient locals kept in this house to get closer to domestic and foreign holidaymakers.
Museum of Folk Culture has been opened with the view to serving tourism purpose since March 3rd, 2005 and gradually become one of the well-known destinations in Hoi An urban attract a thousand of visitors.
The house has a wide area, over 400m2, this is definitely an ideal space to display antiquity. Nowadays, this museum presents 483 exhibits representing 4 typically main art of the ancients. There are the shaping art, the performing art, conventional craft villages, traditional community’s activities. All of 483 objects on display are almost original and have a life expectancy of over 10 decades.
The 1st flood of the museum is not only used for performing arts activities and but also being on display significant products which came from traditional villages such as silk fabric, pottery, lanterns and painting papers, along with traditional and wedding costumes of the Chinese, the Vietnamese in general, especially the local residents. These products engrave a beautiful daily life of authentic Vietnamese culture to international friends. It is definitely unique and wroth experience when you pay a visit Museum of Folk Culture to explore long historical legacies along with cultural, educational and creative values that were established at old land.
The ancient house with a popular feature which you may easily recognize almost building in the old town- yin and yang tile roof -along with antique stairs and pillars made of wood create an old atmosphere full of rustic charm surrounded the museum. Besides, artifacts are on display in this Museum also partly reflect the role of Hoi An as a center of international trade and commerce in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Enjoying a cup of lotus tea, ginger tea or another type of Vietnam tea is definitely an unforgettable experience for any tourist when having a visit Hoi An. The appealing of the Museum of Folk Culture Hoi An drives from pictures highlights in yellow walls that are totally manual. They are woven from the skillful hand of Hoi An women who is always hard-working, sympathetic, sacrificial and so dexterous. Talented artisan with exquisite workmanship have superb embroidered and engraved Hoi An ancient town at the night via small stresses, street vendors sell children’s toys, small items, flowers or some traditional cakes. Attractive women wear Ao Dai and embrace the maidservant- a unique traditional instrument, evoking the stylishness, sophistication and elegance of Vietnamese women. In addition, the Museum of Folk Culture Hoi An has countless beautiful paintings describe Vietnamese living which is a peaceful life with some daily activities from previous centuries like drying rice, harvesting crops, using bamboo to catch fish or waving fabric…
The wooden stair leads to the second floor of the Museum of Folk Culture like the door of time open for visitors to enjoy old memories of an old city. This is both a gathering place for handicraft villages consisted of mulberry, agriculture, water catching in Hoi An, carpentry Kim Bong, traditional medicine, sewing, Nam Dieu Thanh Ha pottery and a commercial center with prosperous business.
Performing arts activities like songs and dances in the museum attractively reflect the religious and ethnic life in old land which makes Museum of Folk Culture becomes one of the most impressive destinations which attract thousands of people coming every year. Sculptures, statues, ceramics, paintings, parallel sentences is prime images to say that artisans in Hoi An are sophisticated and talented people
Furthermore, “Bai Choi”, “Thien Cau” dance and “Ba Trao” singing are so very famous so that a lot of international friends go to Hoi An to contemplate these unique forms of folk oratorio art. This plays an important role in the community and daily life. In particular, this is very popular in festivals, the locals hold tourists' hand dance and sing to pray for the peace and the luck which is an exciting way to make their journeys in Hoi An to be more memorable.
Museum of Folk Culture Hoi An is one of the most impressive destinations which attract thousands of people coming every year to learn about Vietnamese history. Visiting this place in Hoi An and contemplating elegant and charm artifacts is an interesting method to enjoy a peaceful life. Vivid space and rich historic and cultural values help international tourist beloved Vietnam homeland.