Phuoc Tich Village, Hue

Phuoc Tich Village with very little change over hundreds of years is a popular destination in Hue.

The village is listed as national heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It stands out for its well-preserved homes of charming and friendly people. Like so many Vietnamese villages, Phuoc Tich (Phong Hoa commune, Phuong Dien District, Thua Thien Hue) lives mainly on agriculture. It is a peaceful place away from the time where houses with tiled roofs are surrounded by well-trimmed hedges of tea plants. According to Le Trong Dao, a local official “many of them are centuries old. It’s the heritage frame that creates the character and attractiveness of Phuoc Tich.”

Phuoc Tich has 500 years of history. According to the genealogical records of many families, the tutelary god of the village named Hoang Minh Hung, a chief who lived during the reign of King Le Thanh Tong (15th century). One day, while the warrior and his men returned home after a victorious battle against the enemies, crossing the O Lau River in Hue, he was attracted by picturesque landscape and decided to settle there. Thus, the name Phuoc Tich was born, which means “Accumulated Blessing”.

A double interest

Thirty old houses in this village have hardly changed since their construction. The oldest is 200 years old, and most are centenary.

The village is also proud of its 1000-year-old jackfruit. At the village entrance, there’s a small temple dedicated to Confucius under the huge tree.

The village used to be famous for its ceramics and this handicraft has been ailing for 2 decades. Mr. Truong Cong Kiem, one of the few potters still alive, remembers with regret the time of jars, vases, pots and bowls stamped Phuoc Tich were sold in all markets in the Centre. During this golden age, the dozen stoves village spit their acrid smoke night and day. Every morning, boats were loading tons and tons of ceramic leading to the central provinces like Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, and Quy Nhon ... “Phuoc Tich ceramics were even found in the Imperial Citadel of Hue” recalls with pride by the old craftsman.

There’s no doubt that with its centenary houses and handicraft ready to revise, the ancient village of Phuoc Tich has a promising future.

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