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Maybe it is Hoi An’s small size or innate charm that let me really look at it in detail, but I find the ancient town to be particularly colorful, welcoming and everything is incredibly vibrant. There is something about the color of a place that makes it much more appealing to me. Gray, drab settings have their place, but a variety of hues, like those found here, make me feel like certain places have more life than others. Perhaps this is one of the reasons I like this laid-back town so much. Colours and old buildings simply add to the appeal of this charming and romantic town where French influence is still strong. The architectural style gives the town an old world stateliness that’s intoxicating.

Hoi An is a real hodgepodge when it comes to architecture. Evidence of its past as the first Chinese settlement in south Vietnam is readily seen in the abundance of Chinese meeting halls that dot the town. Interspersed with these are 19th century wooden houses that show both Chinese and Japanese influences. Adding color to this already eclectic mixture are numerous examples of Hoi An’s French Colonial past. These simple but elegant buildings are noted for their wooden shutters that stand out against otherwise yellow exteriors.

This is an old building, a reminder of French colonial days. Here a plaque on the weathered wall reminds this place of the former soap factory which I find the signage is a great piece of art decor so well preserved. Notice also that the painting itself seems to have been retained and the Vietnamese language is very phonetic.

Savon (Soap) becomes Xa Phong....

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