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Hội An: more pics


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The last posts consisted of thousands of tedious words with no pictures, so I should redress the balance. Here, a mere eight months after the first, is a second batch of photos from the beautiful town of Hội An, aka Haisfo, Haiso, Cotam, Faifo…

Rower seeks punters.

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Japanese covered bridge.

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Roof tile, Japanese covered bridge.

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Dog guardian, Japanese covered bridge.

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Roof decoration at a Chinese temple.

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Waterfront of the old town.

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Painted turtles at the Quan Cong temple.

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Carp gargoyle at the Quan Cong temple. The carp is a symbol of longevity.

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Quan Cong temple. There are a lot of temples to Quan Cong in Vietnam. He was, apparently, a Wu general of the Three Kingdoms Period, who died in 249, a talented and virtuous general, celebrated for loyalty, courage, piety and moderation. He is also – and here I am quite lost – the embodiment of Thanh Long (Blue Dragon) and Bach Ho (White Tiger).

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Chinese checkers outside the Chaozhou assembly hall. As in many places in southeast Asia, each Chinese congregation in Hội An has its own assembly hall, a combined temple and social club.

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Many of the assembly halls are decked with gaudy, indeed kitsch, ceramic roof decorations. They are also pretty lively in Saigon and in Bangkok. Here is the Chaozhou assembly hall.

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A street in the old town.

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Posted by Wardsan 03:20 Archived in Vietnam

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