Phuoc Tich is a village dating back to the 15th century, located 37 kilometers to the north of the Viet Nam central province of Thua Thien Hue. Your two day visit to this beautiful area will charm you with the many cultural and architectural delights that you will experience.
Professor Dr. Arch Hoang Dao Kinh, Vice Chairman of Vietnam Association of Architects, said “Phuoc Tich has all of the cultural elements of an ancient Vietnamese village that other villages in the country have not been able to maintain”.
The quaint village runs along the gentle O Lau River with charming winding walkways along the river’s edge. You will experience the local cultural way of being in the traditional crafts, old communal houses, temples, river wharfs, and spacious ancient houses nestling in lines of evergreen trees. These are all typical features demonstrating this old village’s undamaged structure.
The Vietnamese Government recognizes the Village of Phuoc Tich as a national architectural relic. It is acknowledged as an important site for the preservation of traditional values as well as opportunities for tourists to experience the nature of Viet Nam.
Phuoc Tich has been well known for its non enamel pottery craft since its golden days. Today, the production is based on orders only. The local authority is working with local artisans to support them in creating pottery products that are of high aesthetic value.
You can visit Phuoc Tich ancient houses (known as “Nha Ruong”) which are between 100 to 500 years old and still well preserved. You will stay in an ancient traditional house 130 years old. Almost all of the houses are built from ironwood with tiled roofs and graceful green fences. There are lacquered vertical boards running within the house structure except for the space in front of the alter where the boards run horizontally. You can join in cooking with your host before sitting down with them and enjoying the delicious traditional food. You can interact with the elders about the history and cultural practices. You will also meet and chat with other locals to learn more about Vietnamese family life in the village. You can also take part in making a popular local cake made from rice flour mixed with green bean…..hmn, very delicious!
The area is truly lovely and very peaceful. A bike ride on the red-brick path along the river will show you more of the natural beauty of the scenery. You will also see the communal house that is used for worship, see the traces of Cham culture relics and the craft of rice flour making that is used for local dishes. The river wharfs are charming and lead to a neighboring village known for woodcarving and making Nha Ruong’s house frames. These are 2 days of relaxation while you simply enjoy the cultural and architectural delights that this quaint village has to offer.
13.00 – Depart from Hue in the afternoon; it will take one hour for us to get to the village. Upon arrival, you can walk or bicycle around the village to visit ancient houses, traditional handcrafts such as rice flour making, and hand-made pottery. Hear the history of the pottery craft and the challenges that it is currently facing.
The scenery in and around the Village is delightful. As well as the natural beauty of the environment, you can enjoy the communal houses, river wharfs and some remains of Cham culture. En route, meet and talk with locals to learn more about their daily life.
Dinner is made from with fresh local food. If you choose to, you can learn about Vietnamese cooking by helping with the preparation of the meal with your host. You will stay in the Homestay in Nha Ruong house
Have a simple breakfast with omelet with bread or beef noodle (Bun Bo)…and Vietnamese traditional black coffee. Then take a refreshing stroll along the O Lau River. The local facilitator and our guide will help you to know more about the village as well as O Lau River’s geographic location. O Lau River is one of the three largest rivers in Hue leading to Tam Giang Lagoon, which is the biggest one in the Southeast Asia region.
Boating on the river by local boat.
End of the program and driving back to Hue.
Join us on this meaningful and cultural experience!