It is an honor for Hoi An Ancient Tow in the central province of Quang Nam to be given with the 2013 Asian Townscape Awards by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.
As scheduled, the award ceremony will be taken place in Japan in November 20 to highlight and honor significant efforts made by Asian cities to improve, revitalize and create a beautiful and harmonious townscape that is safe, sustainable and with respect to history and local culture.
As announced before, earlier this month, the world’s premier travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler named Hoi An Ancient Town as the second best city for tourists in Asia after Kyoto, Japan.
This year, the US online news site Huffington Post also listed Hoi An as one of seven must-visit places in Vietnam, calling it as a hidden gem.
Hoi An was recognized as a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. The ancient town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th-19th century.
Most of the buildings in the town are aligned along narrow lanes. They include many pagodas, temples and meeting houses related to the development of a port community.