Fish sauce and pottery in central region recognised as heritages

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Two traditional trades – fish sauce from phái nam Ô Village in da Nang và Thanh Ha pottery from Hoi An – have been recognised as National Intangible Heritages by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism,


 contributing more cultural value to the two tourism hubs in central Vietnam.

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Village preserves scent of fish sauceThe Ancient Pottery Village of Thanh HaRusticity of Thanh Ha traditional pottery village in Quang phái nam province

An old woman introduces traditional fish sauce hàng hóa of phái mạnh O Village in da Nang City. The trade has been recognised as a National intangible heritage. — VNS Photos Cong Thanh

 

Director of domain authority Nang City’s museum, Huynh Dinh Quoc Thien, confirmed the recognition to vn News, saying the certificates will be presented to the thành phố later this year.Thien said the nomination would help preserve the trade of phái nam O in the suburban area of domain authority Nang, which has existed for more than four centuries.

He said local residents still earn an income from fishing and fish sauce despite rapid urbanisation.

Situated at the foot of the nhì Van Pass, 17km northwest of downtown da Nang City, nam O Village has produced fish sauce since the 19th century, và the trade still earns villagers their livelihoods.

 

A corner of nam O Village in domain authority Nang. The village produced 125,000 litres of fish sauce in 2018.

 

Rocks on the beach of nam giới O Village. The site has been developed as an eco-tour site with traditional fish sauce.

 

Tran Ngoc Vinh, 71, chairman of the phái mạnh O Fish Sauce Trade Association, said more than 110 households in the village produce fish sauce using traditional techniques & materials – anchovies và salt – with harvest season between March & July.

He said anchovies are fermented with salt in terracotta or jackfruit-wood jars for 12 months.

The village used 200 tonnes of anchovies khổng lồ produce 125,000 litres of fish sauce last year.

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The 500-year-old pottery trade in Thanh Ha Village, on the outskirts of Hoi An, was also named as a national intangible heritage.

 

A girl carves a clay pot at Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hội An. The trade was recognised as a national intangible heritage.

 

The trade emerged in the ancient town in the late 15th century, and some villagers still make items using brick kilns.

The pottery craft was one of the oldest trades that still remains in the UNESCO-recognised world heritage site Hoi An.

The trade is introduced as a craft experience for tourists rather than for mass production as in previous decades.Pottery products from Thanh Ha were major commodities exchanged with businessmen from Japan, trung quốc and Europe in the 17th century.

 

A potter forms a clay jar at Thanh Ha pottery workshop in Hoi An. The craft is included in tours of the ancient city.

 

A brick kiln in Thanh Ha Village in Hoi An.

 

The village – a popular destination on Hoi An’s tourism bản đồ – hosts around 100 tourists each day.An exhibition centre – the Thanh Ha Terracotta Park – was built to introduce the old trade and pottery experience to lớn tourists.