It was a sunny day with pretty hot weather that we traveled to Phuoc Tich – an ancient pottery village of Hue up to 500-year-old. The village is located around 35km from Hue City taking roughly one-hour drive.First of all, it’s about how we reached the village. From...read more
It was a sunny day with pretty hot weather that we traveled to Phuoc Tich – an ancient pottery village of Hue up to 500-year-old. The village is located around 35km from Hue City taking roughly one-hour drive.
First of all, it’s about how we reached the village.
From Hue, we can travel to the north to find the place. However, this village is nearby the border between Hue Province and Quang Tri Province bordering Hue from its northern part. When we were less than 2 miles from the village, we realized that we were in Quang Tri Province’s territory. It’s was slightly panic then we asked the local along with checking the map if what we are searching for is correct. Out of surprise, we were on the right track. It’s interesting that there are a couple of pieces of each province will be intertwined to each other making the border less clear.
Turning on the right from a local market, we carry on driving passing a bridge crossing O Lau River and will find the village not so long then. It’s obvious that most of pottery villages in Vietnam are surrounded or on the bank of a river providing great source of clay and water for the handicraft. Phuoc Tich Village is more charming when it’s embraced mostly by the O Lau still river with very silky surface and somesparse local boat cruising camly by.
Things to do in Phuoc Tich Village
Biking through greenish road and visit an ancient house
Entering, we hopped on a bike and explore around the village. There is a small house where a graceful local guide greeted and showed us around. Traverse under luxuriant paved road, we reached one of 26 remained ancient houses and visit the hospitable hosts who are 4thgeneration living in the area. They used to be lecturer and all retired now and living together in a heritage house from parents in peaceful and tranquil area. Their previous generations were the rich one in the village that could erected such comity and firm houses made mainly of jackfruit wood; this make locals always say that to be able to construct such house people have to “cumulative the grain in 3 years and cumulative the wood in 5 years”.
Visit Pottery factory
After sipping a cup of tea and hearing the introduction about the house as well are interesting stories on culture and family customs, we bided a farewell and move on to another house making pottery. The villagers make pottery vases bottlesby usingmolds, and more complicated decorative vases, flowers, animals, etc. by hand. Interestingly, they burn fire to have the pottery products dried. Plus, the unique clay in the region making a very unique natural dark red-brown color. Phuoc Tich Pottery Village was very famous when make fine products to dedicated to Imperial family.
In the modern time, most of the traditional handicraft are in danger when in between the threshold of modernity which is forced to change to apply machine or drawn backward and facing economic remission. This makes the household carrying on this once prosperous job reduced significantly these days.
Cay Thi Temple
In the village, there is a sacred shrine undergiant “Cay Thi” over hunderd year-old – a Diospyros decandra species. The modest size temple is sheltered under Cay Thi‘s canopy. The tree’s emtry medulla also sheltered for Vietnamese soldiers during the war time. There are told stories about the children, villager and events in the village related to this tree.
Our stay was pretty short, but we did enjoy this exotic place very much. It’s one of the very less villages in Vietnam sustaining its authenticity and culture. If you have more time for your journey, don’t hesitate to spend a night with the host in a plain but lovely closet right in the house. Additionally, visitors can have a meal with the host, hands-on cooking class or try making potteries in Phuoc Tich’s traditional way.
The place and peopleof Phuoc Tich Villageare deeply remembered by any visitors looking for an authentic countryside village of Vietnam and value hundreds year cultural antiques.
Feel free to comments or contact us for any further questions if you are planning for an off-the-beaten road of Hue.
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