Fujian Assembly Hall is one of the most famous historical sites with Chinese architecture in Hoi An, Vietnam. We visited this place and were charmed by its gorgeous buildings and magnificent courtyard.
In this travel guide, we’ll share useful information about Fujian Assembly Hall in Hoi An and tips to make the most of your visit.
About Fujian Assembly Hall in Hoi An
Fujian (Phuc Kien) Assembly Hall was built in 1697 by a group of Chinese from Fujian who moved to Hoi An.
It was initially constructed entirely of wood and rebuilt in 1757 with bricks and tile roofs.
This Assembly Hall worships Mazu (Thien Hau Thanh Mau), the sea’s goddess, sailors’ caretaker, guardian deities of the river, children, and money. It’s also a meeting place for people from Fujian province living in Hoi An.
Fujian Assembly Hall is most crowded on holidays and full moon days. On the days of Nguyen Tieu (January 15 of the lunar calendar), Luc Tanh (February 16 of the lunar calendar), and Thien Hau (March 23 of the lunar calendar), the place is lively with many festive activities.
Tips: You can join a Hoi An walking tour to visit Fujian Hall and other popular attractions.
Don’t forget to purchase your ticket before heading to Fujian Assembly Hall.
The ticket package includes five places and costs 120,000 VND ($5). There are 20 sightseeing places to choose from.
You can find the ticket booths at:
- Hai Ba Trung street
- 78 Le Loi
- 10B Tran Hung Dao
Fujian Assembly Hall opens daily from 7 am to 6 pm. It takes about 30 minutes to see the place.
I recommend visiting this Assembly Hall in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat.
The ideal time to visit this place is in the dry season, from March to September. The weather is sunny and favorable for sightseeing activities.
Please check my Hoi An visit time guide for more information.
Things to see at Fujian Assembly Hall
Fujian Assembly Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings in Hoi An. The refined and colorful Chinese architecture is presented in its gate, buildings, and courtyard.
Tam Quan Gate is one of the main works in Fujian Assembly Hall. The gate was restored in 1975 and inlaid with porcelain.
The gate has three entrances indicating “Heaven, Earth, Human.” The door in the middle rarely opens, only on major holidays, funerals, and weddings. According to the ancient belief, when the middle gate opens, it will bring many bad energies inside.
The courtyard is beautifully decorated with lots of trees and plants.
In this courtyard, you will also see the statues of Four Holy Beasts: Dragon, Quilin, Tortoise, and Phoenix.
These four mascots have extraordinary power derived from the four powerful gods representing heaven and earth. The image of the four spirits is used and depicted a lot in the art and architecture in Vietnam and China.
If the dragon is a symbol of authority, the Quilin symbolizes luck, and the tortoise symbolizes immortality. The phoenix is the expression of prosperity.
You will first notice the smell of incense when stepping into the hall.
These large coiled incense rings can burn for a whole month, and you can light them to wish health and fortune to families and loved ones.
Visitors often write on a piece of paper with their family’s information and place it on the incense sticks, hoping everything will be good.
After the incense burns out, the staff in the Assembly Hall will burn these pieces of paper.
You can also see a large stone table used as a meeting place and business discussion of Fujian merchants.
The main hall
The main hall is the main place of worship in the temple. The shrine worships Bodhisattva, Mazu, and the God of wealth.
The right side of the main hall worships the gods Thien Ly Nhan and Thuan Phong Nhi, two gods who help fishers in distress.
You can also see the model boat that simulates the 1875 merchant’s ship in trouble. The two sides of the ship are big eyes to navigate the sea.
Best places to stay in Hoi An
I highly recommend staying near Hoi An town as it’s more convenient to travel around.
We loved our stay at Hoian Central Hotel. Its location is excellent, just 2 minutes from the old town. This hotel also offers comfortable rooms with an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar, and free private parking.
For a relaxing getaway, La Siesta Resort is also a great choice. The resort is beautiful, with four swimming pools surrounded by lush green tropical plants. It also has a spa, an onsite restaurant with delicious local and Western food, and friendly staff.
How to get to Fujian Assembly Hall
Fujian Assembly Hall is in the center of Hoi An ancient town, so it is easy to find. The address is 46 Trần Phú, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam.
You can park your bike at Le Loi or Hai Ba Trung street and walk from the parking lot. You can also rent a bicycle to explore the old town.
If you’re from Da Nang, check my Da Nang to Hoi An guide for more tips.
What to wear
This Assembly Hall is a spiritual place, so you should wear polite, not revealing clothes. It shows respect for historical and cultural sites, and you have lovely photos too.
- Suggested outfits for women: Ao dai, pants, jeans, long skirt, t-shirt, shirt.
- Suggested outfits for men: casual pants, jeans, t-shirts, or shirts.
Tips for visiting Fujian Temple
The temple has large incense rings and offerings, and you can pay there if you wish to use the services.
Also, you shouldn’t talk too loudly, affecting the sacred atmosphere.
The temples are often crowded with tourists, so you should keep an eye on your belongings and avoid pickpockets.
You can rent a bicycle or join a walking tour to explore the old town.
Other places to visit
Fujian Assembly Hall is located near many famous attractions in Hoi An ancient town. From here, you can visit other attractions such as: