QUANG NAM – Hoi An has traditional craft villages that have existed for hundreds of years, imbued with the identity of the river region.
Located 3 km west of Hoi An ancient town, Thanh Ha pottery village is located on the banks of the Thu Bon River. With a history of formation and development of more than 500 years, the village’s pottery is recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage.
The main raw material for pottery production of Thanh Ha village is brown clay, mined along the Thu Bon River. Experiencing a completely handmade production process, the village’s ceramic products are quite rich with all kinds of bowls, plates, vases, jars, jars and even close animals.
Visiting the village on a summer afternoon, it is not difficult for visitors to come across raw ceramic items lying in the sun in the yard. The village’s products have two main lines: brown earthenware (fired with fire with a temperature of 800 to 1,000 degrees Celsius) and red ceramic (temperature below 300 degrees Celsius).
Here, visitors have the opportunity to experience drawing and molding pottery right at home. Besides, you can visit Terracotta Park, where famous Vietnamese architectures and world wonders are recreated by the hands of ceramic artists.
About 5 km east of Thanh Ha pottery village is Kim Bong carpentry village . Starting from the 16th century carpentry, Kim Bong village is famous for household products, construction and especially shipbuilding.
Because it is located downstream of a tributary of the Thu Bon River, looking to the other side is the ancient town of Hoi An, the shipbuilding industry of Kim Bong village once flourished in the early 2000s. Currently, Kim Bong village is developing rapidly. promote carpentry and handicrafts to serve tourism.
An experience worth trying in Kim Bong village is walking around the riverside area, witnessing the ships being pulled ashore by the system of pulleys and rails, enjoying the wind and watching Hoi An from this side of the river.
If the east of Kim Bong village specializes in shipbuilding, the west specializes in fine arts. The talented hands of the artisans of Kim Bong village are also shown through liberal landscape paintings, which are sold on the main road of the village.
From Kim Bong village, go 9 km to the north, through the center of Hoi An, you will reach Tra Que vegetable village , which is 400 years old. This is also a destination recognized as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage. Visitors will get lost in a green space with dozens of vegetables, notably spices, being nurtured here.
Visitors will learn the process of growing clean vegetables and enjoy dishes made from vegetables picked from the garden. Tra Que vegetables are cared for with manure and lined with seaweed picked up at the lower end of the Thu Bon River, irrigated with treated borehole water.
Although the process of growing vegetables is gradually being automated, people are still called to keep the traditional identity of the craft village. Visitors can admire the farmer’s skill of carrying water to water vegetables with “two hands as one”.
Besides, ecotourism activities are also very attractive to tourists. You will be directly involved in the process of sowing seeds, filling the soil and watering the vegetables. Cycling to visit the vegetable gardens in the area is also an activity worth trying.
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