Saturday, 16 October 2010

Hội An, Vietnam

Vietnamese postcards really fascinate me, I love it how so many of them seem to depict people going about their daily lives, instead of just showing famous landmarks or cities. It's really refreshing and I wish more places were like that. This card is a pretty good example, I think. It still shows a historical part of Hoi An (a Unesco site unless I'm very much mistaken) but you concentrate more on the colours and the person in the middle.

Hội An is a city on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is located in Quảng Nam province and is home to approximately 120,000 inhabitants. In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.

Hội An attracts a fair number of tourists, also being a well-established place on the backpacker trail. Many visit for the numerous art and craft shops. The town is also famed for its unique lanterns, as shown on this card.

The stamp is from a set of 2 flower stamps issued in 2010.

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