Hoi An, a place of famous world heritage, features a lot of ancient architectures dating from over a thousand years ago. Besides that, Hoi An also has a valuable collection of cultural objects and places which reflect the liking of the local community. For example, the Bale well is one of the few old wells in Vietnam – as old as a thousand years – and still attracts the attention of the local people, who have loved, protected, respected and even worshiped it over the years.
It was dug around the 10th century by the Cham dynasty, and its mouth is square. It’s not just a regular well which supplies water, but it also has a great responsibility – to serves hundreds of people’s lives. What is very special about it is that only the water from this well can be used for preparing the Hoi An specialty Cao Lau noodles.
Ba Le Well is situated on 45 Phan Chau Trinh Street, in the garden of Mr. Ba Lo Le, about ten meters from Kiet Gieng Lane (which links Phan Chu Trinh Street and Tran Hung Dao Street). To get there, walk down the alley opposite 35 Phan Chau Trinh Street and hang a right before reaching number 45/17 ( you may need to ask someone for directions).