THUY XUAN INCENSE VILLAGE HUE IMPERIAL CITY
Thuy Xuan Incense Village Hue Imperial City. Thuy Xuan incense village Hue Imperial City is the oldest of its kind in Vietnam, located about seven kilometers southwest of the ancient imperial city of Hue, visitors are often impressed by the aroma of aloeswood as well as the image of countless bouquets of bamboo incense sticks of various colors being sundried along the village's roads.
Address: Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street, Thuy Xuan District, Hue Imperial City
Vietnamese people have traditionally considered incense sticks to be a method for linking the living world with the holy realm. Lighting incense sticks on ancestral altars or Buddha shrines on major occasions such as Lunar New Year Festivals has long been a cultural and religious practice of the Vietnamese.
The incense-making art in Thuy Xuan hamlet is thought to have originated during the Nguyen Dynasty in the 1800s. Previously, villagers in the Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan area, which is now Thua Thien-Hue province, supplied incense sticks to the Court, nobles, and common people. The ancient skill has been passed down through generations of Thuy Xuan people, not only providing a source of income but also playing an important role in their spiritual lives.
The Thuy Xuan incense village is located on Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street, Thuy Xuan Ward, Hue City, about 7 kilometers from the city center. This centuries-old incense village, together with Vong Canh Hill and the Tu Duc and Dong Khanh tombs, has established a tourism circuit to assist tourists in experiencing Hue's traditional culture and legacy.
Thuy Xuan Village's products are diverse, ranging from incense sticks to incense cones and incense coils of various aromas such as cinnamon, citronella, and other smells. However, it is the aloeswood that gives the settlement its name, and its aloeswood incense sticks are preferred for their soft, pleasant, and long-lasting aroma.
The art of producing incense in Thuy Xuan goes back to the Nguyen Dynasty, 700 years ago. Previously, the settlement supplied incense to the royal palace and the people of Thuan Hoa and Phu Xuan. At the time, incense sticks were only available in two basic colors: brown and red.
More than 80 households in Thuy Xuan Village currently practice the skill of producing incense, which earns an average monthly income of 5 million to 7 million VND per person. Previously, incense was sold to agents in Hue City and the neighboring areas.
To assure the quality of their goods, Thuy Xuan people manufacture aromatic paste, the most crucial substance for producing incense items, with only natural, non-toxic components. Pine buds, cinnamon barks, clove roots, eucalyptus barks, star anise pods, and cardamom seeds are among them. To enhance the smell, dried pomelo skin and flower powders are occasionally added to the mixture.
Thuy Xuan residents now have incense sticks in a spectrum of colors owing to their ingenuity. Clusters of incense appear like colorful flowers in full bloom when arranged together.
All materials are pulverized and thoroughly combined with water, sawdust, and glue powder manufactured from the bark of Indian laurel trees to form a thick concoction. The most difficult stage is making incense paste because too much glue powder causes incense sticks to cease burning suddenly and too much water causes fractures in incense sticks. The aroma of incense sticks is determined by the amount of aloeswood or cinnamon powder added by incense manufacturers, and each household in the hamlet has its own secret fragrance recipe.
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