See more news

Hanoi leader welcomes delegation of LDS Church

53 Southeast Asian monks go on a pilgrimage to five countries, calling for peace and mutual-respect

Vietnam Youth Union in Tien Giang holds exchange meeting with Catholic youth

Training on climate change adaption held for Buddhist monks, nuns in Hue

Religious training for soldiers in Kien Giang

07/17/2019 05:51
Hoi An lanterns illuminate Google’s homepage
Chua Cau - a symbol of Hoi An ancient city (Photo: VNA)

An image of Hoi An ancient city in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Nam with symbols of Chua Cau (Bridge Pagoda) and colourful lanterns was featured on Google’s homepage on July 16.

This is the first time a Vietnamese destination has been honoured on the Google Doodle – a special temporary presentation that celebrates holidays, events, achievements and people.

The stunning doodle of Hoi An on Google’s homepage conveys a global notion that the historical town has remained largely unchanged for several centuries.

he image of Hoi An with symbols of Chua Cau (Bridge Pagoda) and colourful lanterns was featured on Google’s homepage on July 16

According to Google Doodle, by the light of the full moon, residents of the town burn incense and light small lanterns, floating them on the river until hundreds of colorful lanterns illuminate the water.

Situated on the north bank of Vietnam’s scenic Thu Bon River, right where it empties into the East Sea, Hoi An was one of the busiest trading ports in Southeast Asia from the 15th to the 19th century, it said.

While the name Hoi An means “peaceful meeting place,” the seaport has been abuzz with activity since the second century. The surrounding area, known as Quang Nam province, produced cinnamon and ginseng, as well as textiles and ceramics, enticing traders from all over Asia and Europe.

By the 1600s, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Indian, Filipino, Indonesian, Thai, French, British, and American ships would come and go, while Chinese and Japanese traders rented waterfront houses in the seaside city.

Business tapered off when silt accumulation in the river made it difficult for larger ships to navigate. Fortunately, the city was spared from modernization for over 200 years, leaving the original street plan and buildings intact.

In 1999, Hoi An was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Seventeenth-century Japanese traders built the lacquered wood Chua Cau or “Bridge Pagoda,” with entrances guarded by statues of monkeys and dogs.

Hundreds of timber-frame buildings and Chinese temples line narrow streets that are now popular with sightseers, historians, and filmmakers, seeking to experience and recapture a bygone era.

Earlier in July 2019, Hoi An surpassed popular cities in the world like Tokyo and Rome to top the world’s best city by the New York-based magazine Travel & Leisure.

Source: en.vietnamplus.vn

Hoi An lanterns illuminate Google’s homepageThis is the first time a Vietnamese destination has been honoured on the Google Doodle – a special temporary presentation that celebrates holidays, events, achievements and people. The stunning doodle of Hoi An on Google’s homepage conveys a global notion
Share on Facebook   Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on Buzz        Back   Send   Print   Top of page
More news
Senior Venerable Thích Nhật Từ receives award of Abhidhamma and Philosophy from Sri Lanka -07/17/2019 05:48
UNHRC adopts Viet Nam's resolution on climate change and human rights -07/15/2019 05:37
Freedom of belief and religion in Vietnam should be objectively assessed -07/15/2019 05:33
Vietnam’s culture boosted in Lyon -07/11/2019 05:13
Vietnam accepts nearly 83% of UN’s human rights recommendations -07/05/2019 04:51
Indian, Russian experts help with preservation of My Son sanctuary -07/05/2019 04:47
Vietnam respects rights to freedom of belief and religion -07/05/2019 04:46
Vietnamese nun granted with RoK’s Peace Prize Awards -07/04/2019 05:26
Vietnam Buddhist Sangha attends 11th Assembly of Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace  -06/28/2019 05:00
Security delegation from Sepon district visits Hoang Phuc pagoda in Quang Binh -06/17/2019 05:42
Address: Yen Hoa Ward - Cau Giay District, Ha Noi - Viet Nam
Telephone: +84243 8 248 763. Fax: 08041313
Email: ttttbantongiao@chinhphu.vn