Tan Ky House in Hoi An

1 reviews

Tan Ky House is the combination of Vietnamese, Japanese as well as Chinese elements, from a time when the three communities lived together in Hoi An during the 16th and 17th centuries, the house strongly represents features of Oriental philosophy.

Tan Ky House in Hoi An

Tan Ky House in Hoi An

Located at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, in the Old Quarter of Hoi An Ancient Town, Tan Ky Old house is an almost perfect example of a 18th merchant’s residence in this major commercial port town. The name Tan Ky, meaning “Progress Shop”, was given to the house by the second generation to express the owner’s wish for a prosperous business.

In spite of the decline in business of the town and the huge devastation of annual floods, seven generations of the family have continuously strive to keep the house in good condition. Therefore though it’s not the oldest, Tan Ky is the most well-preserved in Hoi An.

What to see at Tan Ky House

There are many of the house’s details, which have remained unchanged to this day, including the storage area, the outside structure made of bricks and tiles, floor covered with Bat Trang bricks. The use of jack-fruit trees, ironwood and peck-wood for inside furniture with thick roofs and wooden walls has kept the house cool in summer and warm in winter.

Being the combination of Vietnamese, Japanese as well as Chinese elements, from a time when the three communities lived together in Hoi An during the 16th and 17th centuries, the house strongly represents features of Oriental philosophy, such as the the triple-beam structure (stands for heaven, earth and humans), the five round blocks (represent metal, wood, water, fire and earth – the five basic natural elements in Eastern philosophy) and several decorative carvings on the edge of the roof and furniture. Amongst several pieces in the house, the most famous one is two vertical panels next to the Tan Ky House’s central courtyard, which are inscribed with parallel sentences. What surprising about this piece is that each stroke of writing is an illustration of a bird. One hundred birds in total represent perfection.

How to get Tan Ky House

If you’re near the Japanese Bridge, walk down Bach Dang Street into Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. It’s suggested to visit the place at the beginning or end of the day, not in the middle. Having a cup of coffee at one of the coffee shops near the house is also told to be interesting while exploring this attraction.

Hynos Travel provides a wide range of day tours, multi-day tours, tour packages which daily depart from Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An. For more information or tour reservation, please contact info@hynostravel.com

Related Tours

  • 8 reviews

    This half-day trip takes you to My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating from the 4th to 13th centuries. With an expert guide, tour the ancient capital of the Champa Kingdom, considered one of the most stunning landmarks in the Hoi An region.

    Location: Hoi An

    Duration: half day

    From USD $29 See details
  • 3 reviews

    The homestay offers a local experience and provides only the basic amenities. Learn about local traditions and culture. We invite you to spend a day and a half immersed in the traditional Vietnam Vietnam far from the cities and regular tourist itineraries.

    Location: Hoi An, Vietnam

    Duration: 2 days 1 night

    From USD $89 See details
  • 10 reviews

    Exploring Hoi An on foot is one of best ways to absorb the beauty of this peaceful city. While walking around Hoi An, exploring the small and beautiful town, tourists-even those who visit frequently-find a place of quiet and peace.

    Location: Hoi An

    Duration: 1 day

    From USD $35 See details
  • 5 reviews

    Explore the Old Town of Hoi An while the sun goes down and sample enough food for dinner. You’ll venture into a maze of bustling markets and alleyways on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Discover hidden, local food spots while a knowledgeable guide informs you about the city’s unique food culture. Taste unforgettable dishes at every turn, from market stalls, restaurants and local cafés.

    Location: Hoi An

    Duration: 4 hours

    From USD $35 See details
  • 4 reviews

    Tra Que a little charming village lies on the edge of Hoi An. Experience one day living, cooking and working with the local people at the Tra Que vegetable village where you will have a chance to discover the daily life of farmers.

    Location: Hoi An

    Duration: half day

    From USD $36 See details
  • 5 reviews

    On your Ancient Town walking tour, admire the many well-preserved historic buildings that line the colorful streets of Hoi An. Then visit a local market with your guide to shop for ingredients for your meal, and begin your cooking class where you’ll learn how to make classic Vietnamese food and, of course, enjoy eating your creations.

    Location: Hoi An

    Duration: 5 hours

    From USD $42 See details
  • 4 reviews

    Discover charming villages and islands surrounding Hoi An as you explore the area by boat and bicycle. You’ll weave through Hoi An’s back streets and ride through country lanes to small towns before taking to the waterways on a boat cruise. Stop at an island on the Thu Bon River for a sunset barbecue …

    Location: Hoi An

    Duration: 4 hours

    From USD $32 See details
  • 5 reviews

    Pedal past rice paddies and vegetable patches on a 4-hour bike tour to the farming village of Tra Que from Hoi An, and enjoy the rural countryside of Vietnam away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Learn about farm cultivation, and get a glimpse of local life.

    Location: Hoi An

    Duration: half day

    From USD $42 See details
  • 2 reviews

    Join local fishermen and their families to learn about daily customs in this region of Vietnam, where you’ll paddle a Vietnamese basket boat and gain hands-on experience fishing the traditional way – among the mangroves and coconut palms. Lunch, drinks and round-trip transport by comfortable coach are included.

    Location: Hoi An

    Duration: 4 hours

    From USD $42 See details
  • 6 reviews

    Discover Vietnam within 13 days in a luxurious manner plus a beach break at Mui Ne Resort. Be wowed at the grandiose World Wonder Ha Long bay, relax soothingly in Hoi An, venture out with dynamic Saigon and explore the fascinating waterways of Mekong Delta.

    Location: Vietnam

    Duration: 13 days 12 nights

    From USD $1570 See details
  • 5 reviews

    Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of central Vietnam during a private 4-day tour that takes you one way from Danang to Hoi An and Hue. With a private guide, see the temples of My Son, walk through Hoi An Ancient Town, cruise down the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda…

    Location: Hue & Hoi An

    Duration: 4 days 3 nights

    From USD $248 See details
  • 3 reviews

    Experience Vietnam’s cultural riches with 4 days in Hue and Hoi An! Visit Hue Imperial City (The Citadel), a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing treasures from Vietnam’s regal past, including the Forbidden Purple City. Explore Bao Quoc Pagoda, the village of Quang Dien and Hoi An’s Old Town…

    Location: Central Vietnam

    Duration: 4 days 3 nights

    From USD $450 See details