Hoi An memories show is a World class outdoor visual art performance with a 3.300 seats theatre and over 500 professional dancers and actors. 25.000 square meters, the stage Itself looks like a Hollywood stage. This is the largest performance in Viet Nam and can be compared to an Olympic Games opening ceremony. Coming to the show, you are invited along 400-year journey of town’s growth. Here’s some brief information and tips for you with this show.
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The show itself is on an artificial island on the Thu Bon river in October 2017. After a short period, a 2.0 version has been launch on May 2018 with lots of improvements in story content, art and culture identity, etc. This majestic culture performance will take you on a historical journey from the beginning of Hoi An, from thousands of year ago until now. The show is divided into 5 parts.
Life is the beginning of the show, the start of everything will reappear the colorful picture about the costume, culture, life of Hoi Anpeople long ago. 3.000 years ago, fisherman started to build houses and settle down. You can see the town began from a small fisherman’s house with his family and around them, Hoi An bloom from the earth.
A scene of local daily life
This scene portrait the happy wedding of Princess Huyen Tran and King Che Man in the past. This is an impressive performance but realistic against a back drop of Cham Pa temples, dances and towers, etc. You will feel like you are really attending an ancient wedding. Costumes is also various and colorful with Cham culture. And of course, wedding of the royalty must have an elephant – the symbol of Cham culture.
Champa - Dai Viet Alliance wedding
This is a scene of a faithful wife desperately waiting for her husband who is a sailor hasn’t come home for a long time. She turns into a stone statue. At the end of the story, the man returns, feeling wretched, he writhes in anguish beside the statue. This touching story is not told by words but by hundreds of professional dancers in traditional, colorful costume.
This part represents Hoi An trading port of the 17thcentury on the stage along with traders from Japan, China, Holland, France, India, etc. They have their business and join the local festivals. This is the main point of the show. You can see the glorious time of Hoi An in the past and enjoy every details which has been well prepared by the crew.
Hoian Trading Port in 17th Century
Hoi An is one of very few cities still keep almost everything in the past through up and down of the history. That makes the priceless value that Hoi An people can be proud of. End of the show is an Ao Dai performance with many ancient structures of Hoi An. All of the values have been well preserved until now.
Hoi An memories show had smashed 2 Vietnamese records: The country’s largest outdoor visual art performance and The daily show with most actors. It took nearly 2 years to produce a one-hour show which runs every night. Foreign tourists absolutely love the show, some of them said this is the most spectacular show in the world. “Hoi An memories becomes a global phenomenon” according to Reuters. This show also have a lot of 5 stars reviews on biggest review website Trip Advisor.
The show take place in Hoi An Impression theme park located in an artificial Cam Nam island at the middle of Thu Bon river. It is pretty close to the Old town, just about 2-3km. You can choose either vehicles or walking. If you catch a taxi from the old town, it will cost you about 35.000VND (about $1,5). If you drive yourself, you should follow Hoang Dieu street through the town then cross the bridge on to Cam Nam island. After crossing the bridge, take your second left and go until you see the sight of the show.
Hoi An Impression theme park
If you ride a bike or walk, after crossing the bridge, take your first left, you will have chance to go on a scenic road along the riverbank. Follow the river until you see the sight of the show. Security guards will show you where to enter the island.
The show is held every night except for Tuesday. The duration is 1 hour 15 minutes from 19:30 to 20:45 unless there is bad weather.
Hoi An Memories show has 3 classes of tickets based on seat position. Price for children is from 300.000 to 450.000VND (13 to 19USD) and adult tickets is from 600.000 to 900.000VND (23 to 39USD). You don’t have to book ticket in advance but if you want, you can order and pay off online. You can always buy ticket in front of the gate with no problems.
Hoi An memories is a grand spectacle of such phenomenal scope. There are not many shows like this in the West. It is an experience you should have at least once in your life, sitting outside, watching this visual extravaganza on a balmy Hoi An evening.
Afterwards, Hoi An memories show will bring you closer to Vietnamese unique spirit and timeless traditions.