Most Vietnamese were born in the countryside in the countless small villages that cover the country. Whether traditional rice-growing communities, idyllic fishing villages or the vibrant minority hamlets that cling to the sides of mountains, the village has been the centre of Vietnamese life for centuries. However, this is changing rapidly. Vietnam’s rapid economic growth is leading to increasing urbanisation and movement of workers from the farm to the office block.
Yet the village endures, and it continues to preserve the folk traditions, songs and customs that define Vietnam. We hope to connect travelers with these unknown, often forgotten and perhaps vanishing aspects of Vietnamese culture. This helps to maintain these cultural practices and gives the visitor a true vision of Vietnam.
We offer tours to a range of villages outside of the Hue, all practising various forms of traditional handicrafts.
Sinh Folk Painting Village
Phu Mau Commune, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien Hue Province.
Sinh Village or Lai An Village, is located in Phu Mau commune, Phu Vang district, about 8km from Hue on the Perfume River.Because the villagers originally practised agriculture, attributes of their works of art characterize the rustic beauty of simplicity and peacefulness of a rural area. Thanks to being adjacent to the capital, it is convenient for trade and transportation for many traders.The village has developed as one of the most credible art markets with lots of colorful and delicate paintings printed on woodcarving boards for worship.
Paper for printing is newsprint type bought in the market with a range of colors including yellow, blue, purple, red lotus, and white paper. Boards for carving made from jackfruit wood are processed by the village artisans or craftsmen. Paintings are printed on the front of the board and smoothed by hands, focusing on black strokes and patches which are the basis for coloring.
Sinh works of art are for worship with over 50 different topics, divided into many sets: destiny, ancient family, the ceremony of worshiping for the pregnant, children., All these paintings reflect the ancient beliefs and are the proof for the ancient Vietnamese thoughts about mysterious Vietnam’s wild nature.
Copper Casting Village
Kiệt 317 Bùi Thị Xuân, Đúc Ward, Thừa Thiên Huế Province
Bronze castingsare one of the most reputable traditional handicrafts in Vietnam.The village originated from the groups of skillful casting workers under the Nguyen Dynasty. In the time of the Nguyen Dynasty, there was a group of bronze casting workers from different areas in Vietnam.The original village at Truong Dong was established as a result of their co-working requirement. It should be mentioned that up until that time the two largest bronze casting villages were Kinh Nhon and Bon Bo.
When the Trinh King and Tay Son invaded Phu Xuan, the bronze casting groups were dissolved. Only the Nguyen family in Kinh Nhon was maintained and developed into the credible and professional village of bronze casting at the present.
Phuoc Tich Pottery Village
QL49B, Phong Hoà, Phong Điền, Thừa Thiên Huế Province.
Phuoc Phu belongs to Phong Hoa commune, Phong Dien district, Thua Thien Hue province.It originated from the mergerof Phuoc Tich and Phu Xuan villages. The old name of Phong Hoa commune is Phong Lau commune (because its location is near the O Lau river). Phuoc Tich village has convenient access to the waterway to facilitate transportation of raw materials and ceramic products for sale.
Around the village, it is rare to find any firewood or even clay for ceramic production. However, according to the historical genealogy and memories of the elderly, from the reign of King Minh Mang to King Khai Dinh, the village had to deliver an order of 30 “Om Ngu” ceramic pots as rice cookersto the Hue Dynasty.These were thrown away after the dinner finished. That is also the reason why the villagers were privileged to go to any places to exploit the necessary materials for the ceramic production. Traditional products, “Specialties of Phuoc Tich” include lu (jar), ghe, thap, thong, om (pot), bung binh (money box), tu huyt (whistle) and “ong tao” heated to be impermeable brownware. These products are sold from Nghe An to the South Vietnam. Ceramic products with no glaze such as vases were also sold to Japan and used in special Japanese tea parties.
Ke Mon Jewelry Village
Nguyễn Thanh Côn, Kế Môn, Phong Điền, Thừa Thiên Huế Province
Ke Mon Village (Dien Mon Commune, Phong Dien District), is located 40 km northeast of Hue city center.It is famous for jewelry. Jewelry products in Ke Mon are produced by a traditional processing of jewelry made by gold or silver, including: crude process (simple and less-carved products); design process (often made of geometric patterns to attach on the products); engraving process (engraving patterns on products).
The jewelry of Ke Mon Village has met the requirements for jewelry and decoration of residents and mandarins in the Hue capital city since the late 18th century thanks to the talents and efforts of many jewelers from the North area, especially, Mr. Cao Dinh Do, Thanh Hoa.He came to Ke Mon village to produce jewelry and opened classes to teach the next generation of jewelers there.
Phú An, huyện Phú Vang, Thua Thien Hue Province
Chuon Village has a reputation for being the cradle of distinguished scholars since the beginning of time. With vast knowledge and beautiful handwriting, Chuon’s most celebrated persons started making “ Liễn”, which can be seen as a Vietnamese version of calligraphy used every Tet (Vietnamese New Year). What’s written on Liễn usually reflects people’s wishes for health, luck, and wealth at the start of a new year.
Bao La Knitting Village
Bao La, Quảng Phú Commune, Quảng Điền Town, Thừa Thiên Huế Province
Located 15km north of Hue City on the Northern bank of the Bo River, Bao La Village in Quang Phu Commune, Quang Dien District is a famous traditional knit village. The village was established long ago, and by the time of the Nguyen Dynasty, a new Bao La village was established in Thuy Lap village, Quang Loi commune, Quang Dien district on the Southern bank of Tam Giang lagoon. Both villages are Knit villages specializing in producing: baskets, bamboo mats, baby beds, etc.The items are made of rattan and bamboo material.
Initially, villagers utilized their leisure time to create household items. Gradually, these products became popular in many places, thus forming the demand for buying and selling them in the market and becoming commercial in production. Each hamlet produces a different kind of products: Cho hamlet, which specializes in producing rolls, sieves; Dong hamlet produces baskets; Chua hamlet provides basket-work; Dinh and Hop hamlet sell baskets; Cau hamlet specializes in the production of flat basket. Thanks to various productions, the whole village is always full of enthusiasm and a fun atmosphere.
My Xuyen Wood Carving Village
110 Điện Biên Phủ, Trường An Ward, Phong Hoà Commune, Phong Điền Town, Thừa Thiên Huế Province
My Xuyen wood carvings are held in high esteem across the country. They have been awarded several medals and certificates. From mythical animals like dragons, phoenixes to war heroes, artisans here know how to breathe life into what seems to be inanimate objects.
Thanh Tien Paper Flower Village
Phú Mậu Commune, Phú Vang Town, Thừa Thiên Huế Province
Thanh Tien village is located in Phu Mau commune, Phu Vang district, Thua Thien Hue province. The village has a tradition of farming, however, in December annually, Thanh Tien is busy with making paper flowers. The Dai Nam book of Vietnam referenced Thanh Tien paper flower village as one of the most recognized craft village from the sixteenth to nineteenth century.
Paper flowers are often used as decoration in places of worship in the house, the temple, the altars. Advantages of Thanh Tien paper flowers are not only diversity in color, beautiful appearances, and durability, but also expressing solemnity.The flowers are changed once per year on the occasion of Tet Hence, paper flowers are easily widespread and long-lasting..
Let’s come to Hue and experience another side of Hue cultural specialties through Hue craft villages!