Situated in Phong Dien District, Thua Thien Hue
Province, about 30km northwest of Hue city center, the ancient village of Phuoc Tich
is famous nationwide for the craft of making pottery.
It’s on a delta of the O Lau River which creates the border with Quang Tri Province. The beautiful village is surrounded b greenery and water with many traditional buildings.
The village was established over 500 years ago in the 15 th century under the reign of King Le Thanh Tong (1460-1497) with the initial name of Dong Quyet and subsequently renamed Phuoc Tich during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945).
Visiting the village, tourists have a chance to behold not only various pottery wares and beautiful landscape but also 37 ancient wooden houses which were built with a typical architectural style of three compartments and two lean-tos, an ancient gate, two rows of green tea bushes and a brick-covered courtyard. Each house is closely attached to the history of a family which still preserves some antiques and heirlooms made of ceramic or wood from many centuries ago.
Phuoc Tich pottery products, including small jars, pots, lime-pots, flower vases, plates, cookers, etc., have a dark red colour of baked clay, which have been used mainly by Hue families. Some pottery wares of Phuoc Tich Village were used by kings in the Nguyen Dynasty, such as pots to cook rice, etc.
Every year Phuoc Tich villagers jubilantly hold the festival to honour their craft making ancestors on November 5 of the lunar calendar at Doi Temple. With its unique value in terms of architecture and traditional craft, Phuoc Tich Village was ranked by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as a national relic.