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Hoi An’s signature yellow wall damaged by illicit graffiti

An offensive writing is seen on a yellow wall in the intersection of Tran Phu and Le Loi Streets.
An offensive writing is seen on a yellow wall in the intersection of Tran Phu and Le Loi Streets.

Several yellow ochre walls, a signature characteristic of Vietnam’s famed tourist hub of Hoi An, have been defaced with ugly graffiti.

Hoi An is known for its charm, represented by the dark yellow houses lining the streets of its ancient town – an ambience which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

However, several of the once tranquil walls are now covered with illicit graffiti. It is unclear when the vandalism was done.

Banners and signboards belonging to private businesses also cover several of the walls in the ancient town, detracting from the traditional beauty of the old city.

Here are some pictures of the vandalism:

The wall at the corner of Tran Phu Street, next to the emblematic Cau (Bridge) Pagoda of Hoi An is full of writings.
The wall at the corner of Tran Phu Street, next to the emblematic Cau (Bridge) Pagoda of Hoi An is full of writings.
This wall along the must-visit narrow alley where a famous well is situated in Hoi An City is covered with spray paint.
This wall along the must-visit narrow alley where a famous well is situated in Hoi An City is covered with spray paint.

Gibberish writings cover a yellow wall on Hai Ba Trung Street in Hoi An Town.
Gibberish writings cover a yellow wall on Hai Ba Trung Street in Hoi An Town.
Banners and signboards belonging to private businesses cover a yellow wall in the ancient town.
Banners and signboards belonging to private businesses cover a yellow wall in the ancient town.

A nonsense writing is sprayed on the wall of Quan Cong Temple, also called Ong Pagoda, in Hoi An.
A nonsense writing is sprayed on the wall of Quan Cong Temple, also called Ong Pagoda, in Hoi An.
Banners belonging to private businesses cover a wall in the ancient town.
Banners belonging to private businesses cover a wall in the ancient town.