Hoi An officially joins UNESCO Creative Cities Network


The announcement ceremony for Hoi An’s designation to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in 2023 was organised last weekend in Hoi An city, Quang Nam province.

At the ceremony

Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Phan Viet Cuong, representatives from the UNESCO Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism among others attended the event.

According to Chairman of the Hoi An city People's Committee Nguyen Van Son, Hoi An ancient town became a UNESCO’s world cultural heritage over two decades ago. The city has always placed culture at the center of its construction and socio-economic development.

Traditional cultural values have been restored, promoted and put into operation for tourism development, such as recreating the old town night of the early 20th century, performing the art of Bai Choi, Ho Khoan, folk arts, and  organising festivals and events.

Hoi An has been named in the UCCN in terms of crafts and folk art.

In addition, Hoi An has paid great attention to preserving traditional craft villages such as Thanh Ha pottery village, Kim Bong carpentry village, Tra Que vegetables, Cam Thanh nipa coconut bamboo, and other handicrafts.

The city has also exploited cultural values, such as lantern making, tailoring, making art products from bamboo, etc.​

Therefore, Hoi An becomes a popular cultural and favorite destination for international and domestic tourists.

Crafts and folk arts are outstanding strengths of Hoi An and have been effectively preserved and promoted in recent times. Earlier, Hoi An decided to choose the factors of crafts and folk art to join the UCCN.

Once it is recognized as a global creative city, Hoi An will have new opportunities to promote its tangible and intangible cultural values and create new cultural and tourism services and products, attracting more visitors.

Translated by N.VIET