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Hoi An is a very watery place indeed.


On one side it has the river, on another the ocean and the flat flood plain is where the rice grows. The town also gets most of its water from fresh water wells that can be seen in almost every alley and courtyard in the old town. One of the most famous wells is Ba Le Well - so named after a prominent woman of the Le family. Apparently, the well water is rich in calcium and potash and is responsible for the distinctive flavour of local noodles used in the famous Cao Lao dish.


In Chinese Taoist philosophy, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness, and pliancy; however, too much water is said to cause difficulty in choosing something and sticking to it. The negative emotion associated with water is fear/anxiety, while the positive emotion is calmness.

Water is ever present in this place and is the major influence on our bodies and minds.


Acrylic on canvas - 45x 50cm

River spirit by Bridget March

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