Posted on Jul 30, 2019


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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.

The 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.
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