In the medieval period, the trade between China and neighboring countries has strong development and they also organize community very closely based on the basis of his fellow countrymen. In order to stabilize the trade and ensure the rights of their fellow countrymen they have up to establish the assembly hall that is a place for cultural activities, general psychic culture of the community. Perhaps this is a characteristic of the Chinese people all over the world.
In the past, Hoi An is the place to live and do business of five major groups of Chinese that are: Fujian, China, Chaozhou, Guangdong and Quynh Phu and goes together with them are 5 assembly halls with large scale as a place for their community activities.
Fujian Assembly Hall is the largest and the most popular one with tourists among 5 ancient Chinese assembly halls in Hoi An. Today Fujian Assembly Hall located at 46 Tran Phu Street which is initially just a pagoda roofed with thatch built to worship Buddha by Vietnamese people in 1697. Through time, the temples damaged and Vietnamese people can not afford to restore it. The Fujian traders bought this temple in 1759 and later renovated it several times, in 1792 renamed it as Fujian Assembly Hall.
This is a place of worshipping diety and meeting fellow countrymen of Fujian. Visitors will admire the unique and magnificent architecture that is exquisitely carved here. Assembly Hall architecture is according to “Tam” typeface in the order: gate – yard – lake – ornamental plants – two blocks in the east and west – the front hall – the back yard – and the back hall.
The main hall is decorated with vermilion pillars, hanging double wooden scroll praised Thien Hau Holy Mother. This hall is in order to worship Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara statue doing the sitting meditation, in front of a large censer. Both sides of altar will have two statues named Thien Ly Nhan and Thuong Phong Nhi, two assistant deities of Thien Hau to help Chinese merchant’s ships in distress.
Visiting Fujian visitors will learn about faith and spirituality of Chinese, as well as admire the unique and exquisite ancient architecture bearing bold Chinese style in Vietnam.
– Every year, there are many many festival activities that attracts many domestic and foreign tourists to participate at the night of fifteenth of the first lunar month (Nguyen Tieu), on birth anniversary of Luc Tanh (February 16th according to lunar month), on birth anniversary of Thien Hau (Lunar March 23rd), etc.
– The assembly hall is opened from 08:00AM to 05:00PM everyday.