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Pho Hien – Hoi An of the north
  • | SGT | December 29, 2011 09:16 AM

Pho Hien is a historical site in Hung Yen Province, about 70 kilometres southeast of Hanoi.  In the 15th to 18th centuries it was a famous merchant port in Vietnam and it was a small historic town on the banks of the Red River.

Especially, the prosperous time of Pho Hien was associated with the golden time of the trading relationship between Vietnam, China and Japan. Like the ancient town of Hoi An, Pho Hien is a favourite destination of Japanese tourists.

Through history, Pho Hien still keeps over 100 worthwhile historical and cultural relics, 18 of them recognised as national cultural items.

Pho Hien area covers five square kilometres running from Dang Chau Hamlet in Lam Son Ward to Ne Chau Hamlet in Hong Chau Ward.

Now, Hung Yen is a totally different city but much of its heritage has been preserved with many famous pagodas, temples and trade centers of Chinese people.

Thien Hau Temple built in 1640 is dedicated to Lam Tuc Mac, the nautical goddess of China. The temple had also doubled as a meeting place for merchants

The 500-year-old Mau Temple is dedicated to the worship of Lady Yang, a Chinese queen. The temple is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Pho

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