Hoi An’s wells to be restored

A well at Hoi An Market. Source: Viet Nam News 20150204

Hoi An’s ancient wells will be restored, according to a new plan to revitalise the water system.

A well at Hoi An Market. Source: Viet Nam News 20150204
A well at Hoi An Market. Source: Viet Nam News 20150204

Hoi An to reopen ancient wells
Viet Nam News, 04 February 2015

The historic central city of Hoi An plans to restore 80 ancient wells, most of them locate on the north bank of the De Vong River near the Thanh Ha pottery village.

Built in the 15th century by the Cham people, most of the city’s ancient wells are unusable or buried underground due to rapid urbanisation, said Nguyen Chi Trung, director of Hoi An’s Centre for Monuments Management and Preservation.

Trung said the plan would render usable several wells near the old town, including those at Kazik Park, the house of the Nguyen Tuong royal family at 658 Hai Ba Trung Street, and Am Hon Temple (built to worship the souls of the dead).

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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