Phung Hung Old House

Phung Hung Old House

Phung Hung Old House is situated at 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam, with a life expectancy of more than 100 years. Phung Hung old house has a unique structure with wood and surrounded by wide corridors, showing the development of the architecture and the interaction between architectural styles of Asia in Hoi An in the last century.

Phung Hung old house was built over 100 years ago during the development of the city of Hoi An. First owner of the house was very successful Vietnamese businessman who has a lot of relationships. He named the house Phung Hung which means “prosperity” as he wished for his family and his career. In the past, this house was a shop sell forest and handicraft products such as cinnamon, pepper, salt, silk, porcelain, glass … the current owners are the descendants of the 8th generation who is still alive and preserve the old house. This is one of the most beautiful houses of ancient architecture of Hoi An.

This is a common style of house in the 19th century with the primary material is wood. Phung Hung old house architecture is a combination of the three fields of architecture: Vietnam, Japan and China.

With system consists of 80 ironwood columns are placed on stone to avoid contact with the ground. The system of door is designed to be easy to move, cool in summer and warm in winter and the door can be removed. You can see a lot of decoration with the image of carp which is a symbol of luck and prosperity. Carp for the Chinese is good luck, for the Japanese is the power, to Vietnam as “prosperity”. Upstairs is the place to worship altar and ancestors.

This is the perfect place to get to know more about Hoi An culture and daily life of people in the past.

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