Thanh Toan Bridge And Phuoc Tich Villages in Hue
The cultural, religious, and educational centre of Vietnam, Hue has a lot of historic sites waiting to be discovered. Visit historic Thanh Toan Bridge, one of two covered bridges remaining in the country, traditional craft villages such as Bao La and the 500-year old village of Phuoc Tich with its worship halls and communal houses for a taste of ancient Vietnam. Recommend departure from Hue at 0800 in order to see the morning countryside market at Thanh Toan Bridge.
- Stop at Bao La Village on the road to Thanh Toan bridge. Bao La Village is a 500 year old bamboo weaving village where local people are very proud of their quality handicraft products. Bao La villagers work hard to meet the demands of foreign and domestic market and are proud of their dexterity, creativity and passionate expressions.
- They possess a high degree of specialization in production process liked material treatment, bamboo bases, bamboo rims, finishing touches and decorative details.
- Built two centuries ago the covered bridge of Thanh Toan is unique in that only two exist in Vietnam (the other being in Hoi An). Built as a tribute to the villagers by the wife of a high ranking Mandarin, the bridge has survived storms, floods and wars however after it was damaged, the villagers always contributed to repair, renovate and preserve it.
- Next to the bridge is the local village morning market which can be explored if you desire.
- After visiting Thanh Toan it’s an hour’s drive north to the 500-year-old village of Phuoc Tich. Once famous and prosperous because of its pottery, the village has dozens of homes that are from 100 to 200 years old and several old temples, pagodas, worship halls and communal houses still remain.
- Many imprints of Champa and ancient Viet cultures are still preserved such as lingas (a very complex symbol of Hinduism). The religious culture of the village is seen via families, which have their own ancestor worship halls, each worshiping five direct generations.
- Enjoy a typical Vietnamese family style lunch in one of the old houses Phuoc Tich Village. Following your meal drive