Why was Hoi An declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO?

In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO under the criteria C (II) and criteria C (V).

sunshine-and-win-in-hoi-an-by-ntanhthai80-e1330399903400 Why was Hoi An declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO?

Over the last few years, Hoi An has become a very popular tourist destination in Vietnam. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO under the criteria C (II) and criteria C (V):

Criterion (II): Hoi An is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international commercial port.

Criterion (V): Hoi An is an exceptionally well preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port.

Occupied by early western traders, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled down.

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