Tran family chapel is located at 21 Le Loi Street, is one of the oldest and most historical houses in Hoi An. It was built in the early nineteenth century, is a typical architecture for this kind of clan chapel in Hoi An. Although it is located in the city but the chapel was built in the style of farm building.
Tran family chapel is the place for all of the family members gathered to worship their ancestor Tran Tu Nhac, an intelligent mandarin in the reign of King Gia Long 200 years ago. The house reflects the lifestyle of Vietnam noble class and shows the traditional values still clearly remain.
Situated in a garden with the area of 1,500 m2 surrounded by high walls and lush greenery, the chapel is influenced by East Asia architecture with the style of Japanese and Chinese, the house is divided into 2 parts: the main part to worship and the second one is for the head of the family as well as guests staying. There is an obstacle between 2 compartments that is used as an useful thing to remind people to bow showing deep respect when they move inside. The house and its garden were built in harmony and following strictly the rules of Feng Shui.
Every year, on a regular day, all the children of the family gather together to express their thankfulness for their ancestors. The annual meeting helps the relationship among family members to be close to each other. As descendants of the clan will become more crowded, so the chapel is necessary to be strengthened and resigned.
The old house is really a great place for the tourists who would love to discover the unique and historical atmosphere of the ancient sites, and it is also a old picture showing the atmosphere of family gathering that usually attracts a number of visitors every year.
– Opening hours: 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM
– Free entrance admission.