When coming to the traditional village of incense sticks, visitors will be able to learn every step to make incense sticks firsthand. Moreover, people can admire the absolute beauty of the land that preserves the culture of the Vietnamese people.
Quang Phu Cau is a traditional village in Ung Hoa district which is more than 30 km from the center of Hanoi. The old village still has retained many ancient and familiar features of northern villages. On the side of the Day River, the village now attracts many visitors to learn about the cultural values of Vietnamese people.
The profession of making incense sticks here was formerly a side-job. The people only made incense sticks in their leisure time. Over time, the work to make incense sticks has developed. Thanks to this traditional profession, the villagers made a stable income. Therefore, many people decided to stick to this craft even though they would be able to work hard and busily with many complex production processes.
Incense sticks from Quang Phu Cau village are distributed over the country and in the foreign areas (India, China and Malaysia).
The profession to make incense sticks dates back to more than 100 years. Initially, it developed within Phu Luong Thuong village. Recent years, it has been expanded to other villages.
Though it requires many different processes to make an incense stick, the craftsmen in Quang Phu Cau are always careful and meticulous. They believe that incense sticks associating with the spiritual world.
The craftsmen will bring the sticks for drying when the sun rises high. At that time, the landscape of the whole village was more beautiful than ever when all streets and alleys were covered with red and pink joss sticks.
Despite the ups and downs of time, the profession to make incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village increasingly developed and became a signature product of this land.
Quang Phú Cau is not only known as a craft village for making incense sticks which provides a stable income for people here but also recognized as a tourist attraction for a very antique unique beauty.
(Source: Hanoi Creative City)