The curious traveller will find the state of Vietnam an intriguing place to visit for its history is often captured in timeless elegance in its attractions and landmarks. Be it a B52 American Bomber Wreck found in Vietnam’s West Lake, reminiscent of the troublesome war laden times Vietnam underwent in recent history, or Chaozhou Hall, a small house of a merchant that has preserved the architectural designs of the times or even its reputation as the largest exporter of cashews, Vietnam reminds its visitors of its troubled past and optimistic future.
Chaozhou Hall, also known as the Tan Ky House, is found on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. The premises is dated to be roughly two centuries old and was built as a home for a merchant in Hoi An and has been preserved in its original condition. As a result, at present, tourists can visit the Tan Ky House for an authentic Vietnamese experience and have the opportunity to observe the way of life as well as architecture of the 18th century.
The House exhibits antique furniture used two centuries ago as well as relics of trade and other items of historic value thereby making the Tan Ky House a must visit for those with a motive to immerse themselves in the culture and history of Vietnam. The owners have endeavoured to keep the external structure and the architecture intact for the most part thus preserving the style and design successfully. Intriguingly, the design of the House is such that it is comprised of one door but it has no windows as well as four rooms which serve four different purposes. The rooms were used to welcome merchants visiting the village; another was used as a courtyard while the remaining two constituted the living room and the bedroom.
The Chaozhou Hall was named a Cultural Site by the Ministry of Culture and Information thereby legitimizing the attraction as a must visit destination for those residing in a Sanya hotel. The House is open throughout the week and a tour to the attraction can most likely be arranged by your Sanya resort, especially if you are residing at the eminent Anantara Sanya Resort & Spa for this hotel prides itself on providing their guests with everything they need.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.