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Why Museum of Trade Ceramics is special ?
The Museum of Trade Ceramics in Hoi An, located at 80 Tran Phu Street, was opened in 1975. The museum keeps the track record of the history and the origins of this port town.
The building that serves as museum itself is a very beautiful building constructed in the traditional Vietnamese architectural style. It is a two storey building with a courtyard and an anteroom – all of which are open to the public .Though the town of Hoi An is currently a fishing town, it once used to be a trade hub. Either way, the sea continues to play a major role in the life of the people of Hoi An. In the early days, when Hoi An was called Fai Fo, the chief article of trade to and from the town consisted mainly of pottery and, as such, pottery from different nations, including Chinese, Thai and Japanese, has been discovered .
What to explore at Museum of Trade Ceramics?
There are about 430 ceramic artifacts that stand as testimony for the ceramic trade network dating back to the 8th to 18th centuries. Most of them come from Middle-East, India, China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. Among them, some antiques were picked up from a wrecked ship in the sea in 1733. Others were collected by archaeologists in the excavations carried out in the sites of Hoi An. They are the pottery of the Chinese Tang Dynasty (7th-10th centuries), of Middle East countries in 7th-10th centuries and of Vietnam in 15th century.
The museum is a precious material treasure that helps confirm the important role of Hoi An Trade Port in trading transactions, which had an immense influence on the economic and socio-cultural development of the town. Visitors are allowed to view the artifacts every day between 8:00am and 5:00pm.
- “One of Old Town's best sights”
- “Lovely old house, interesting bits of ceramics”
- “Great over 100 year old communal building”
- “good collection of pottery”
- “Impressive Restored Traditional House”
80 Tran Phu St., Hoi An, Vietnam
Tips for you
This place is supposed to cost 10 000 dong but the museum caretaker is nowhere to be seen! The house itself is quite charming, but the displays consist of many cases filled with old and broken clay items from Hoi An's past. Unfortunately, it is less exciting than it sounds as the displays are poorly put together.
If this is your thing then the collection was quite big however the house itself was more intersting than the pottery for me personnally.
Though there are the occasional nice pieces of ceramics its fairly easy to understand why the building itself comes off as so much more impressive then the ceramics it is supposed to house. In truth there is no labeling, no organization, and a real issue with the displays as often the basic broken kitchen ware gets front and central stage, while the ornate pieces are left languishing in the dark on the lower shelves.In short, bring a torch with you, a sense of humour, and some aspirin for your back
It is worth it to see this classic communal building just for the lay out of the two floors. Stand on the balcony in front and get a great view of the street. Go to the rear on the first level and see the ancient outdoor commodes. It is now a ceramics museum but there are only a few pieces showing some ancient Asian ceramics--not much of a museum.