HIEN ANCIENT STREETS OR PHO HIEN IN HUNG YEN PROVINCE


Where is Hien streets or Pho Hien?
Pho Hien is 60 km from Hanoi center, once was prosperous international river port during 17-18th century. You can reach Pho Hien by following National Road 5, then provincial road 39A. In olden days Pho Hien was popularly known by people saying: best known is Thang Long or today Hanoi, then second known is Pho Hien.

Why did Pho Hien become popular?
Since 15th century Pho Hien became River commercial port, and reach top prosperity in 17th century. Trading boats were from China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Holland, Great Britain, and France. There were shops, markets, international trade representatives at Pho Hien by that time.


The business of Pho Hien came down due to domestic politics and history, international history, and the river was silt up so that in the late 19th century the international trade port was built in Hai Phong city.


What were popular for tourism at Hien Streets?
The ancient architecture at Pho Hien is harmony of Vietnam, China, and Europe in blend. There are about hundred vestiges and historical building preserved at Pho Hien including Xich Dang Temple of literature, Pho Hien Pagoga, Chuong Pagoda, Pho Hien Church, Chinese Temples, May Temple, General Tran Hung Dao Temple, and ancient houses.



Pho Hien is also very popular for a kind of delicious longan fruit so that the farmers have to protect their fruit on the trees by bamboo basket from birds.


You can visit Pho Hien by one day trip, tour from Hanoi by bus, or by cruise along the Red River.

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