Phuc Kien Assembly Hall Introduction
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, also known as Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, is a religious relic of the ancient town of Hoi An, which is one of the favorite stops for tourists when traveling to Hoi An, an extremely famous assembly hall of merchant Chinese from the 16th century.
Assembly hall of Fujian is located at 46, Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
Phuc Kien assembly hall Hoi An History
Legend has it that the forerunner of the Fujian Assembly Hall in Hoi An is a small temple worshiping Thien Hau Thanh Mau statue (the god blessing the merchant who overcame the ocean waves) picked up on the coast in 1697. Previously, the Assembly Hall built entirely of wood then rebuilt with bricks and roof tiles as they are today in 1757.
After many times of restoration and embellishment together with the contribution of time and effort of Fujian overseas Vietnamese, the Assembly Hall has become increasingly spacious and contributing to adorn the appearance of urban architecture of Hoi An is more special. On February 17, 1990, Fujian Assembly Hall was recognized as the national historical-cultural relic.
Fujian Assembly Hall Architecture
Overall, the Fujian Assembly Hall has a wide and deep space, characterized by a unique, majestic and magnificent architectural work through extremely intricate and vivid carvings.
The architecture of the Fujian Assembly Hall in the style of "Tam" extends from Tran Phu street to Phan Chu Trinh street, about 120m deep, in the right order: front gate - front yard - lake - bonsai - two rows of East-West houses - Main hall - and backyard.
Fujian temple campus
First, when entering the gate, visitors will see the rockery with the image of the carps becoming dragons. Immediately after that was a large yard planted with lots of ornamental flower pots, along with three aquariums lined up in horizontal rows, two rectangular tanks symmetrically placed through a circular aquarium placed in the middle.
Next is the main hall. This is the place to worship Thien Hau Thanh Mau (The Sea mother), Guan Yin Bodhisattva, God of Fortune, 6 gods in Heaven, and twelve holy midwives.
On the left of the main hall of Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, there is a model of a merchant boat of the Fujian chinese from the 1875s. The most remarkable thing here is the big and clear eyes painted on both sides of the boat, in the concept of Hoi An people, it can see the disasters, dangerous in the open sea.
And to the right of the main hall and the altar is worshiped Thien Ly Nhan - a god with a vision of thousands of miles away, and Thuan Phong Nhi- a god can hear thousands of miles. These are considered 2 assistant gods for the sea mother, helping detect fishermen in distress at sea.
With so many sacred stories widely circulated in the folk, any Hoi An people or tourists who want to pray for the good things in life or want to pray for their children. Coming here, you can burn incense, and pray for blessings.
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall is the most crowded on holidays and full moon days. Every year, on days like Nguyen Tieu (January 15 of the lunar calendar), Vía Lục Tánh (February 16 in the lunar calendar), Vía Thiên Hậu (March 23 in the lunar calendar) ... there are many activities here. The festival attracts a lot of domestic and foreign visitors to participate.
How to Visit Phuc Kien Assembly Hall?
If you not only would like to visit Phuc Kien assembly Hall, but also all the must-see places in Hoi An ancient town such as Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old House, Hoi An Central Market, etc. You should book Hoi An City Tour via Culture Pham Travel.