If the ancient village of Duong Lam (Son Tay District, Ha Noi) is a symbol of architecture of the northern plains, the ancient village of Phuoc Tich (Phong Dien District, Thua Thien Hue) is the symbol of architecture of the central region, it is considered an untouched and valuable ancient village, not only in Central Vietnam but the whole country as well.
More than 500 years of existence, through the wars and the destruction of nature, Phuoc Tich village still preserves the pristine beauty of a traditional Vietnamese village. The village is some 40km north of Hue city. Phuoc Tich was established in 1470 under King Le Thanh Tong. The village is located in the blend of the O Lau River, bordering with Quang Tri Province, making the village resemble an island. The village has 12 river wharves symbolizing the 12 animals of the lunar zodiac. It remains 27 “nha ruong” (Hue’s old styled house) and gardens, 12 of which own architecturally and aesthetically special values.
In the morning, depart to Phuoc Tich. Visit Phuoc Tich ancient village, some typical ancient houses, local people, a pottery workshop, learn about the manufacturing process of pottery items by local artisans.
Have lunch at a villager’s house.
Afternoon, take a boat ride on O Lau River and admire the village’s landscape. Then wander around the village (on foot or by bike), see some daily activities of locals such as noodle, jam and confectionary making, etc.
Back to Hue. End of tour.