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Thuy Xuan Incense Village

Hue has long been famous for its many cultural and historical heritages. As well as unique craft villages that contain the soul of the ancient capital. Among them, the most prominent is Thuy Xuan incense village. Not too bustling or vibrant, Thuy Xuan village still brings an ancient yet attractive beauty, with colorful, vibrant and outstanding incense bouquets.

Besides, Thuy Xuan incense village is an extremely interesting destination for those who love taking photos. Right now, pocket useful information about the Thuy Xuan incense making village with Origin Vietnam in your upcoming trip to Hue through the following article.

1. Where is Thuy Xuan incense village?

Thuy Xuan incense village is located on Huyen Tran Cong Chua street, Thuy Xuan ward, Hue city, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam. It is near Hue Vong Canh hill, Tu Duc mausoleum and about 7 km southwest of Hue city center. About 100 km from Da Nang city and about 134 km northwest of Hoi An city.

2. How is Thuy Xuan incense village unique?

Thuy Xuan incense village owns many diverse and unique products. From cinnamon incense, lemongrass oil incense, scents used to remove odors, to incense sticks, agarwood buds,…Among them, the most prominent is Agarwood incense. It is an indispensable incense in the spiritual life of Vietnamese people.

The characteristic of Thuy Xuan incense village is that it does not use chemicals. But only uses aromas and ingredients of natural origin, which are safe and environmentally friendly. Therefore, the incense has a brighter yellow color than regular incense with a pleasant characteristic scent. In addition to the purpose of worship, incense is also used as a therapy to relieve stress, as well as bring mental comfort.

3. When is the best time to visit Thuy Xuan incense village?

You can visit Thuy Xuan incense village at any time of the year. However, according to the experience of traveling to Thuy Xuan incense village that many people shared before. You should visit here from March to August every year. Because it is now entering summer in Hue, it is sunny during the day, so people often bring incense out to dry.

If you come to Thuy Xuan incense village at this time, you will have the opportunity to admire the brilliant scenery and the passionate fragrance wafting in the air. In addition, every Lunar New Year, people living in the surrounding areas invite each other to come here to buy incense, so the scene in the village at this time is much busier and busier than usual.

On the contrary, from October to January of the following year are the days when Hue begins its rainy season, so people also limit bringing incense to dry. If you go on this occasion, you won’t be able to take photos with a luxurious, smooth background. Therefore, it is most reasonable for you to go to Thuy Xuan incense village in the summer.

4. History of formation of Thuy Xuan incense village

According to artisans in Thuy Xuan incense village, the profession of making incense appeared here about 700 years ago during the Nguyen Dynasty. In the past, the village was a place to provide incense for the court, mandarins and people in Thuan Hoa and Phu Xuan areas.

Although it has gone through many events and ups and downs of history, this Hue fragrant village continues to be preserved and developed. Each generation from father to son takes turns making fragrant incense sticks to serve the spiritual life of local people.

5. How to get to Thuy Xuan incense village?

5.1 Moving To Hue City

5.1.1. By plane

This is the most convenient and fastest means of transportation for tourists from other provinces and cities to reach the Hue tourist area. Most domestic airlines currently have direct flights to Phu Bai airport, Hue. Flight time from Hanoi to Hue takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue about 1 hour 30 minutes.

5.1.2 By passenger car

If you live in nearby localities, choosing a bus is quite suitable because the travel time is short and the cost is relatively low. If you are in remote provinces, you can choose a sleeper bus to travel.

  • From Hanoi to Hue, please refer to buying bus tickets from popular bus companies running the Hanoi – Hue route such as Hung Thanh, Camel, Duc Thinh,… The Hanoi – Hue route has a travel time of about 12 – 14 hours.
  • From Ho Chi Minh City to Hue it takes about 20 hours. Some popular bus companies running the HCM – Hue route include Hoang Long, Huong Ty, Minh Phuong,…

5.1.3 By train

If you have a lot of time to travel to Hue and love sightseeing along the way, choose the train. Train tickets are not too expensive. Trains usually have hard seats, soft seats, beds and air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned compartments. If you go far in the hot season, you should choose trains SE3, SE1, buy air-conditioned sleeper tickets to be comfortable and shorten travel time.

5.2 Moving to Thuy Xuan incense village from Hue city

Traveling from Hue city center to Huong village only takes about 15 – 20 minutes. Starting from the Citadel, you move to Le Duan street and pass Da Vien bridge. When passing here, you will admire the beauty of the poetic Huong River. After passing the bridge, follow the roundabout onto Bui Thi Xuan street. You move about 2 km and you will see Huyen Tran Cong Chua street. Continue straight to Huong Thuy Xuan Village.

6. Special way of making incense in Thuy Xuan village

The reason this incense village in Hue has existed for a long time and is very popular is because of the delicate and meticulous way of making incense in each step. Huong Thuy Xuan has a gentle, elegant scent and does not use chemicals. Each incense stick must go through many elaborate preparation steps to fully retain the characteristic scent of pure agarwood.

First, people will choose agarwood ingredients and then mix in cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom, and pine buds in a careful ratio. Besides, wild grapefruit peel powder along with dried grapefruit flowers, eucalyptus, cinnamon, etc. are also added to create the perfect scent for the product.

Vietnamese people are very afraid of burning incense that ends up being extinguished halfway or burning abnormally. Therefore, the people of Thuy Xuan incense village chose split dried bamboo intestines, dried in the sun for many days until dry to make the incense core. This method will help the incense burn evenly to the base of the incense without breaking.

Besides, the raw materials to make incense sticks are also old bamboo exploited from Binh Dien, Phong Son or Nam Dong forests. This is a step that requires the determination and skill of the worker to produce the right size incense sticks.

Traditional incense sticks will have two basic colors: brown and red. However, the village craftsman creatively mixed many colors to make the product more eye-catching. Therefore, when walking around the village, you will not be able to help but admire the brilliance of the yellow, blue, purple, red, pink incense bouquets…

7. Activities and experiences at Thuy Xuan incense village

7.1 Checking in to Thuy Xuan incense village with colorful incense bouquets

Tourists come to Thuy Xuan incense village not only to learn about the age-old traditional craft of making incense but also to check-in with the eye-catching scenery here. Under the gentle sunlight, each bouquet of incense spreads out like brightly colored flowers. All create a photogenic background so you can freely pose and take sparkling pictures.

7.2 Making your own incense right at Thuy Xuan incense village

Coming to Thuy Xuan Hue incense village, you will be extremely excited to discover firsthand the process of making handmade incense as well as experience some of the steps themselves. Thereby, you will understand more about this traditional profession as well as the daily life of the people here.

7.3 Walking around Thuy Xuan incense village and buy souvenirs for relatives and friends

Thuy Xuan Incense Village is not only a place to produce incense but also sells tourist and souvenir products. You can walk around the shops and choose to buy goods such as fans, brocade items, oil paintings,…bearing the colors of the ancient capital as souvenirs for relatives and friends, which are also very meaningful.

8. Enjoying Hue specialties when traveling to Thuy Xuan incense village

8.1 Mussel rice – Mussel vermicelli

A bowl of Hue rice that is truly “Hue” must be cooled overnight. So it can preserve the crispness of the vegetables and the aroma of the spices. True to the Hue people’s “eat spicy and talk hard” personality, this Hue specialty dish must be full of flavor, salty and especially spicy. When you come to Hue, if you don’t pay attention carefully, your bowl of mussel rice will definitely burn your tongue.

8.2 Hue beef noodle soup

A bowl of Hue beef noodle soup has a pleasant sweet taste from the bones. Hue people use a special recipe to extract the flavor for the noodle bowl. Therefore, the traditional bowl of Hue beef noodle soup has to be much saltier and richer in flavor.

One difference between beef noodle soup in Hue and other regions is the vermicelli noodles. For this dish, Hue people especially use small rice vermicelli, also known as fresh vermicelli, the type of vermicelli that you often eat when making spring rolls, or vermicelli vermicelli, vermicelli with bamboo shoots.

8.3 Hue sweet soup

It is no exaggeration to call Hue the capital of all kinds of tea and alley tea is one of the characteristics of Hue. Every few steps, you will come across a shop or street vendor in the alley. Therefore, sweet soup has become an indispensable Hue specialty on your list of dishes to try.

Delicious and unique sweet soups sold all year round include roasted meat sweet soup, taro banana sweet soup, bean sweet soup, corn sweet soup, lotus seed sweet soup, etc. On hot days, you can try a bowl. Tea with ice is cool and incomparable.

9. Accommodation when traveling to Thuy Xuan incense village

Thuy Xuan incense village is located close to Hue city center. So you don’t have to worry about where to stay when traveling here. Below are some hotels that you can refer to.

  • Hue Serene Palace Hotel. Address: 21 Kiet 42 Nguyen Cong Tru, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Meliá Vinpearl Hue. Address: 50A Hung Vuong, Phu Nhuan, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Gardenia Hue Hotel. Address: 91 Vo Thi Sau, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Indochine Palace Hue. Address: 105A Hung Vuong, Phu Nhuan, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Mondial Hotel Hue. Address: 17 Nguyen Hue, Vinh Ninh, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.

10. Some other famous tourist attractions near Thuy Xuan incense village

On the way to explore Thuy Xuan incense village, you can stop by to visit historical sites. Such as Tu Duc Tomb, Dong Quan Tomb, and Tu Hieu Pagoda. Besides, Vong Canh Hill is also a favorite place for many tourists. Because it is considered the most beautiful place to watch the sunset in the dreamy land of Hue.

11. Some important notes when traveling to Thuy Xuan incense village

Some necessary experiences shared below will help you have a complete trip to Thuy Xuan incense village:

  • When to go: You should visit the incense village from March to August. This is the dry season when people bring a lot of incense to dry, creating a colorful effect.
  • Costumes when taking photos: You can rent Nhat Binh costumes or ao dai to suit the Hue scene. If you wear your own outfit, you should choose simple clothes, preferably white to stand out against the colorful background.
  • Prepare sunscreen: Hue is very sunny in the dry season, so you should prepare sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Fill your gas tank: If you travel by motorbike and want to go to other destinations around Thuy Xuan incense village, you need to prepare a full gas tank. Because the road to the surrounding spots is quite deserted and it will be difficult to find a gas station.

Thuy Xuan incense Village is not only a place to preserve traditional crafts imbued with national culture. But also an ideal check-in location. If you are planning to book a tour in Hue, don’t forget to immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator, so we can accompany you to this unique stop. Hopefully through the above sharing, you will have information to prepare for yourself the most memorable journey to discover the ancient capital of Hue.

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