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Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital and center of civilization for thousands of years, is the cradle of good cultural values and centuries-old craft villages. Tourists coming to Hanoi can have the opportunity to visit many beautiful craft villages, such as Bat Trang pottery village and Ha Dong silk village, not just witnessing the city’s timeless architectural works.
Along with the aforementioned craft villages, there should not miss Quang Phu Cau, an Incense Village that upholds the traditional craft of incense making for more than 100 years.
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Where is the incense village of Quang Phu Cau?
About 35 kilometers from the center of Hanoi, the village is situated in Quang Phu Cau commune, Ung Hoa district. Quang Phu Cau has been known for making traditional incense sticks for the past over a century.
How to get to Quang Phu Cau incense village
Quang Phu Cau incense village is not too far from the center of Hanoi, so visitors can easily come here by car, motorbike or bus.
- By motorbikes or cars: From the center of Hanoi, go straight along National Highway 21B, Provincial Road 429 to Quang Phu Cau.
- By bus: go to Yen Nghia bus station, then take bus No.91.
- By Cat Linh – Ha Dong overhead railway: Drop down at the last stop near Yen Nghia bus station, then take bus No.91
What to expect in Quang Phu Cau?
- A visit to Quang Phu Cau incense village will bring visitors an opportunity to learn about the traditional craft of making incense sticks and take lots of unique check-in photos. Right after you enter the incense village, you’ll be able to see the busy lives of the locals here.
- The village is filled with bundles of red incense sticks that look like enormous flowers under the sunlight. Incense is dried in a variety of large areas, including the yards of houses or community houses, and vacant lots, which brings an impressive sight for visitors.
- Once you step foot in the village, it is easy to see a lot of large incense bundles with one end tied together and the others spreading out like blooming flowers. The lucky colors of the East, yellow and red, are present in the incense of Quang Phu Cau village, which makes the incense very beautiful and vibrant. As a result, Quang Phu Cau has long been the shooting source of choice for both domestic and international photographers. In particular, numerous photos taken here have won prestigious awards.
- It is due to its distinctive charm that Quang Phu Cau Incense Village has become a traditional craft village attracting both local and international tourists to visit when arriving in Hanoi. Visitors coming here will have the chance to stroll around the village to view many large “flowers” and take a lot of amazing photos.
- Quang Phu Cau incense village has gained attention from the international press owing to its unique beauty and centuries-old incense-making practice. In particular, the French news agency AFP published on the incense village in 2019 and this helped to show friends overseas the beauty of the Vietnamese traditional craft village.
- And if you still have time, let’s drop by some long-stand incense production facilities here, where you can observe the entire process of how to make incense sticks by skilled locals.
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Experience of visiting the incense village
- To get the best shots, visit Quang Phu Cau incense village in the summer or on sunny days when the strong yellow sunlight will highlight the red incense bundles.
- Before taking any pictures of the locals’ yards, be sure to get their permission.
- Buy a few small incense bundles to support the community’s ongoing craft practice.
- To stand out in a photo with red incense, wear clothing in hues that contrast with it, such as white, yellow, and blue.
- There are brightly colored incense “flowers” everywhere along the road leading to the village. You can take check-in photos with them, but doing so will cost you 100,000 VND per person. In addition, if you want the incense bundles rearranged into the forms you wish, you should tip the locals here as it is a fairly difficult task.
Suggestion Itinerary to Quang Phu Cau Incense Village
- Tour Length: Half Day – 8:30am – 2:30pm
- Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 minutes prior to this time
- Hotel Pick-up starts at 8:00am
- From 09.45am – 10.00am: Arriving in Quang Phu Cau Village. By this time, the villagers have already set out incense to dry in various formations, and we’ll get pictures of people working among this sea of red. We’ll have time to capture a variety of shots of the workers in action.
- We also venture further into the village workshops, shooting images of the incense-making process, including bamboo chopping, dipping the sticks in dye, and the creation of incense paste. We’ll take more pictures of the friendly locals who have worked on producing incense in this village for generations.
- Leave the village at noon, as the workers are preparing for lunch, and head back to Hanoi for a bite before saying farewell at 2:30pm.
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Mineral Water
- Private car
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