Cam Pho Temple

Cam Pho Temple is an ancient village temple which is typical in Hoi An.

Gate of Cam Pho Temple

The gate into the temple

In the past, this temple is used for worship of folk beliefs. Normally, it doubles as the local administrative headquarters. Building village template is an important thing because that place expresses the culture of a region, is the pride of the whole community, and Cam Pho Temple is no exception.

History

Cam Pho Temple

The main area 

The appearance of the temple was very early but it is unclear which year because of the lack of the previous record. At that time, the temple worships Tutelary God and the guardian deity of the village. Later, this temple experienced many times of restoration and it exists until now. The great restoration times saved in documents as follows:

• In 1817, this temple restored in the current location.
• In 1897 – it got a major restoration again and has worshiped ancient sages of the village so that’s why its name is Cam Pho Huong Hien

The roof of Cam Pho Temple

The roof of the temple

Architecture

Cam Pho Temple owns a complete space with banyan tree, river wharf, the courtyard of the temple. The architecture of the temple is designed after the “country” word in Chinese (國) coming with four front roofs. Its two sides are the eastern part and western part extended with the spacious back temple. The decoration of other locations in the temple is also considered as the epitome of decorative art of temple in the region.

The inside of the Cam Pho Temple

The inside of the temple

On January 16 and August 16 of lunar calendar every year, locals in the village will hold the formal Xuan Ky Thu Te at the temple.

In the consciousness of Vietnamese, temple in village has been the conception of a place to worship religious spirit. With locals, in Hoi An, perhaps Cam Pho Temple, however, has become a cultural feature of belief even it has been their pride for a long time.

Ticket: include in the Ancient Town’s ticket.
Address: 52 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Hoi An, Vietnam
Opening: Open daily from 08:00-17:00