Phuoc Tich Ancient Village
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Phuoc Tich Ancient Village (Photo: Thanh Toan)
Phuoc Tich Ancient Village is one of the three most beautiful ancient villages in Vietnam, and also a "National Heritage Village" (recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2009).
Phuoc Tich Ancient Village (Photo: Thanh Toan)
Address: Pho Trach, Phong Dien Town, Phong Dien District, Thua Thien Hue Province
Status: Recognized as a National Heritage Village in 2009

One of the three most beautiful ancient villages in Vietnam, and also a "National Heritage Village" (recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2009), Phuoc Tich Ancient Village (in Phuoc Phu village, Phong Hoa commune, Phong Dien district, Thua Thien Hue province) is now an attractive tourist destination for domestic and foreign tourists to explore and experience.

40 km north of Hue city center, Phuoc Tich ancient village has the pristine beauty of a Vietnamese village. With a gentle and peaceful look that has been cultivated for more than 500 years from the legendary four-season blue O Lau river, surrounding the village, Phuoc Tich is like a typical countryside painting not only in the appearance of banyan trees, wharves, communal houses, etc., but also in the heritage and cultural sediments that people in Phuoc Tich have built up over generations.

According to historical records, Phuoc Tich was established in 1470 under King Le Thanh Tong, with an area of about 49 hectares. According to Le Quy Don's "Phu bien tap luc", at first the village was called Phuc Giang as a region near the river with many blessings. In the Tay Son period, Phuc Giang was changed to Hoang Giang, to remember the family that opened the village (Hoang is the name of the family that opened the village, Giang is the area close to the river). In Gia Long's lifetime, the village was renamed Phuoc Tich, as the wishes of the people accumulated blessings for their children and grandchildren.

With that desire, the generations of residents of the village have continued the creative working tradition of their ancestors to build for themselves a beautiful rural village with ancient cultural features, such as the architectural landscape of the village imbued with oriental philosophy, such as craft village culture, clan, neighborhood, faction and especially the system of communal houses, pagodas, temples, shrines, ancient houses.

According to the comment of architect Hoang Dao Kinh: "The structure and spatial organization of Phuoc Tich village can be considered typical for the rural residence model of the Vietnamese in the North Central region. It is an open structure with houses in garden. In Phuoc Tich, the architecture is old, but the surrounding landscape and gardens are very young and full of life."

Coming to Phuoc Tich Ancient Village, everyone will be immersed in the rich natural landscape, through your ingenuity with the harmony between human life and plants, between spiritual and material life. They all complement each other to create balance in life.


Phuoc Tich - the land of ancient houses

Hue has many famous villages for houses, but perhaps nowhere is the house as dense and beautiful as in Phuoc Tich. Currently, Phuoc Tich has nearly 40 ancient houses from 100-300 years old, located among gardens with thousands of square meters of trees. Twenty-four of these houses are people's houses, the rest are clan ancestral houses. 

In addition to the common features of the traditional house of Hue, the house in Phuoc Tich also has many very unique features. Under the talented hands of the carvers of the famous My Xuyen carpentry village nearby, parts of the house such as Vi Keo, Xuyen, Trach, Do, Lien Ba, Bang Khoa door... are carved extremely elaborately and subtly.

Long life village, green living

In addition to being famous for its landscape, ancient communal houses, Phuoc Tich village is also known as the oldest village in Hue. Coming to Phuoc Tich, it is not difficult to encounter three or four generations of families. Carrying the sediments of stories, relics associated with history, with the famous traditional pottery village, the people here preserve a green, fresh, smokeless and noiseless living environment. Phuoc Tich villagers always maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise and sports, eat frugally...

Therefore, most people in Phuoc Tich village have a life expectancy of 80 to over 100 years old and maintain a younger body compared to their age. Not only that, people in the village from old to young have very few health problems and diseases.

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Phuoc Tich Ancient Village is the second village of Vietnam to be recognized as a national heritage village in 2009. After 09 years of being recognized, up to now, Phuoc Tich ancient village has made strong and comprehensive changes in all fields. The picture of tourism is increasingly professional, the system of material heritage is maintained and restored.
On September 09/09/2019, 2186/ Phuoc Tich Ancient Village was recognized as a tourist destination of Thua Thien Hue province according to Decision No. 2186/QD-UBND of the People's Committee of Thua Thien Hue province, facilitating the revival and promotion of cultural values of the most unique ancient village in Vietnam.

Currently, Phuoc Tich Tourism has 09 types of tourism services with 40 participants including: home visiting services, accommodation, cuisine, bicycles, guides, pottery shows, baking, cultural exchanges... The system of old houses has 11 households participating in welcoming visitors; 04 business households staying; 04 food service points. The services are mostly attentive, enthusiastic and hospitable, contributing to meeting the needs of exchange and understanding the local culture of visitors. Therefore, the image of Phuoc Tich tourism has been widely promoted in the media, becoming an increasingly attractive destination for tourists to visit and explore. 
Phuoc Tich ancient village tourist destination has tourism resources such as: the system of clan ancestral houses; the system of traditional temples, dozens of communal houses, pagodas, temples, such as Trung village communal house, Phuoc Buu temple, Cay Thi temple, Doi shrine, Quang Te temple (worshiping Yoni and Linga of the Cham people) and the temples of the Soul, Tiger, Ms. Giang (the Cham people), Van Thanh temple... Doi shrine worshiping the Hoang Minh Hung as the God of the village. Entering the village are spacious gardens with lush green trees, fragrant apricot tree with more than 100 years old in front of the house of Ms. Trang...

On the other hand, there are also traditional occupations such as the famous pottery craft for more than 500 years with the technique of burning with straw, creating famous products that are likened to the verse "Delicous Phuoc Tich rice for Emperor, Ha Tri lotus in the precious Phu Xuan".  and bakery. In addition, food services, shopping, local specialty restaurants, culinary groups specializing in serving food for tourists, ensuring food hygiene and safety along with 01 souvenir stall serve the needs of visitors.

Revolutionary Tree - Heritage Tree

Among the heritages in Phuoc Tich Ancient Village, the most famous can be mentioned the gold apple tree and the Shrine of the gold apple tree. The gold apple tree of Phuoc Tich not only has an important place in the beliefs and minds of the people of Phuoc Tich village, but it is also a place to hide revolutionary cadres during the war. According to the history of Phuoc Tich Village Party, in early 1945 when Japan began the French coup, a large number of young people in the village were conscripted by the French, to fight against the policy, many young people in the village hid inside the empty part of the tree to evade military service. Not only did Phuoc Tich villagers take advantage of the empty part of the tree to avoid soldiers, but local soldiers also hid there waiting for the day of the counterattack. Due to the hollow trunk, this is a place to hide documents and is also the hiding place of a squad of 12 people of the local army. 

Every year until January 16/1 of the lunar calendar, the people of Phuoc Tich village hold a ceremony to remember those who have made public the village emergency, as well as to thank the protection for the people of the god of trees and shrines.

With important cultural and religious properties and history, in October 2014, the Management Board of Phuoc Tich Ancient Village made a dossier to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism requesting the recognition of the town tree in the village as a heritage tree. In 2015, the gold apple tree and the shrine were recognized as heritage trees.

Visiting the village, visitors have the opportunity to explore and experience the peaceful life of a close and friendly countryside that is a harmonious combination of heaven, earth and people.

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For more information, visitors can contact:

Management Board of architectural and artistic relics of Phuoc Tich ancient village

Address: 31 Pho Trach, Phong Dien Town, Phong Dien District, Thua Thien Hue Province

Phone: 02343.771055