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Daily life in the 500-year-old village

Text & photos by Ngo Vinh Phu

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Phuoc Tich ancient village is located in Phong Dien District, Thua Thien Hue Province, about 30 kilometers north of downtown Hue City. The village, with a history of 500 years, was recognized as a national monument in 2009.

At present, the village is home to 117 traditional houses that are comprehensively designed with three compartments and two wings. Among them, there are about 30 ancient garden houses, which are more than one hundred years old, and 12 of them have been recognized as national monuments.

Phuoc Tich is renowned for its pottery-making craft. In particular, Phuoc Tich’s clay pots were once used to cook rice for kings and royal families in the former imperial capital of Hue.

An old house with the typical design of three compartments and two wings
A family temple in the ancient village
The house of Ho Van Tue, one of the ancient houses in the village that often welcomes visitors
The signage for the national monument of Ho Thi Thanh Nga’s house in the village
Phoenix statues and long couplets seen at the main compartment of a traditional house in the village
Exquisitely carved patterns seen at a house in the village
Exquisitely carved patterns seen at a house in the village
Exquisitely carved patterns seen at a house in the village
An old house under restoration
People making pottery products in the village
People making pottery products in the village
People making pottery products in the village
People making pottery products in the village
Lotus flowers in bloom in the village
Lau River winding by the village
Figs, the edible fruit of Ficus carica, famous in the village

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