The opening ceremony of Hoi An Traditional Medicine Museum was held on 15/3/2019 by Hoi An Center for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation. The Museum is located at 46 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An and now opened to the public.
The establishment of Hoi An Traditional Medicine Museum is an activity to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Hoi An liberation (March 28th), the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s recognition of Hoi An ancient town as the world cultural heriatge site, the 10th anniversary of Cu Lao Cham’s recognition as a biosphere reserve. It also expresses the inheritance and promoting the heritage values of the predecessors.
In the flourishing period of Hoi An commercial port from the 17th to the early 19th century, traditional medicine developed strongly. During this period, there were many traditional medicine shops on the main streets such as Tran Phu, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoang Van Thu and Le Loi (nowaday name). The diversity of medicines and the presence of good physicians had contributed significantly to the development of traditional medicine in Hoi An as well as in Quang Nam province and the South of Vietnam.
The traditional medicine in Hoi An continued to develop through historical periods associated with trading activities at Hoi An commercial port. By the end of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, due to many reasons, including the strong development of Western medicine, the traditional medicine in Hoi An began to decline. However, in the early years of the XXI decade, in the ancient town of Hoi An, there were still a number of traditional medicine shop operating. When Hoi An ancient town were assigned as walking street, many traditional medicine shops had moved outside the ancient town area for the convenience of patients.
Nowaday, society is growing, many new careers are born, if we do not conserve the traditional values, the knowledge of oriental medicine will disappear. Therefore, Hoi An Center for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation established the Museum of traditional medicine with 200 artifacts and support materials to preserve and promote traditional medicine values to local people, young generation and tourists./.