The Ancient Phuoc Tich Ceramic Village is in Phong Dien District, Thua Thien Hue Province, about 30km northwest of Hue City centre.
How Phuoc Tich ceramic village is unique?
Phuoc Tich village is on the delta of the O-Lau River that generates the border with Quang Tri Province. This beautiful village has surrounding by the water and greenery with lots of traditional ancient houses. In accordance with the local, the King of Champa Kingdom gave this region thanks to the following the daughter of the Viet King Tran Nhan Tong wed with the King of Champa. Then, at the rest half of the fifteenth century, Hoang Minh Hung out of Nghe An province came to the location to begin the ceramic works.
From the time before the twentieth century, Phuoc Tich Village was the foremost kiln village at the Central Vietnam. River was the main way of transport to trading its products of the village outside or over the ground to Hue city centre. Moreover, it also moved to the ancient capital of Vietnam throughout the Nguyen dynasty, or in Hoi An the worldwide trade port.
Archaeological studies have traced production back to the 17th century. Glimpses of the village’s past glory could be seen in kilns. In addition, the numerous fragments of ceramic products is lying scattered on the floor. The only entrance to the village is through a bridge to the west. In former times, boat had been the principal means of transport.
The village has seven hamlets. The ancestral and Dinh family houses are on the road along the river. And also around roads radiating inwards from the ship landings shaped the hamlet. Roads from village has the line with green hedges, that seperates from the local residents. Old houses still remain on a slightly elevated land in the southeast of the village, centered on the village of Dinh. The hamlet near the bridge is Cau village. There use to be several traditional houses here, however, the warfare ruined most of them. Irrespective of the kind of building, nevertheless, hedges could be found all over the village. And it also assists to create the gorgeous green landscape of Phuoc Tich.
Across the river, are the Phuoc Buu temple along with the ruins of a glow to the west, and family homes to the south and east. Following the war, the shrine has been relocated into the northeastern border of the village under the name of Mieu Doi Moi.
There’s also a plaque writing the founding of the village. Family houses consist of 2 halls: front hall and main hall. The war destroyed the majority of the family homes and these have rebuilt in the recent years. The communal home of Phuoc Tich is at the southeast and faces the lake. People had rebuilt, however, it is still a significant facility for religious support of the villagers. On the opposite bank of the lake, at the east is utilized like a graveyard for the villagers. A walk along the road from the bridge leads to a large beautiful lotus pond.
Phuoc Tich Village is really a peaceful place keeping the beauty of village culture of Hue as well as Vietnam. This is a new tours of Hue destination in Hue City for travelers to explore typical culture of the local in Hue.
What to see in Phuoc Tich?
Phuoc Tich ancient village which remain most of traditional values of garden houses and typical villages in Hue as well as in Vietnam. It is a second after Duong Lam village in Hanoi. Make a round trip to the village will have chance to see and discover many architectures.
- Cay Thi Temple is about 700 years old. The temple retains harmonizing aspects of Vietnamese and Cham architecture, with linga and yoni relics.
- A pottery kiln can see here to learn more about this traditional handicraft career. it revived thanks to Hue Festival and remains until now.
- A private museum of ancient pottery items in Phuoc Tich where display products which local people procedure. And it is the chance to see the difference of Phuoc Tich ceramic with others in Vietnam.
- A garden house in Phuoc Tich: There are 117 houses in the village. And 37 houses are between 100 and 200 years old. And local people have the well preservation as to astonish cultural anthropologists, architects and historians.
Local people used mainly made of jackfruit wood and are adorned with exquisite and lively carvings. Most of which remain undamaged although it has gone through so many wars throughout the years. In addition, the interiors usually include parallel sentences, a horizontal lacquered board, wooden scrolls, a plank bed and a wardrobe altar.
It is great for
- Make an outskirt excursion Hue to get the traditional values. In fact, it shows you clearly for garden houses in Hue.
- Combine to have Phuoc Tich village and Tam Giang Lagoon as well as many other handicraft village in Hue such as bamboo Bao La.
- Travel by car or motorbike to reach the village and ride along coastline of fishing village to see Tam Giang Lagoon specialty.
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