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 around 35km from Hue – a central city in Vietnam 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, Vietnam and Quang Tri Provinces. 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 intertwine to each other making the border less clear.
Turning right from a local market, passed a bridge crossing O Lau River and found the village not long then. It’s obvious that most of pottery villages in Vietnam are surrounded or on the bank of a river. The location provides 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 of Hue, Vietnam
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. They are 4th generation living in the area. They used to be lecturers and all retired now. The old couple live together in a heritage house from parents in peaceful and tranquil area. Their previous generations were the rich one in the village. We know this because only the rich could erected such comity and firm houses made mainly of jackfruit wood. Therefore, 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”.
Visiting Pottery factory
Together we sipped a cup of tea and hearing the introduction about the house as well are interesting stories on culture and family customs. We then, 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. Accordingly, it’s dilema time for villagers to apply machine or drawn backward and facing economic remission. This makes the household carrying on this once prosperous job reduced significantly these days.
Visiting 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. Also, there are 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 people of Phuoc Tich Village are memorable to any visitors looking for authentic countryside village of Vietnam. The day offered very different expererience to a classic Hue Day Tour; and you should pay a visit if you could spend from 3 nights in Hue.
Feel free to contact us or comment if you are planning for an off-the-beaten road of Hue, Vietnam.