Traditional kilns seen from above – PHOTOS: ADRIEN JEAN
The traditional village is home to mostly brick and pottery factories, which produce a wide range of handmade potteries, ranging from vases, pots and jars to statues. During the 1980s, some 3,000 traditional kilns were operating there. Yet this number went down to only a few still operating because the majority of traditional brick kilns have been replaced by modern counterparts around the country.
Luckily, a visitor to the village can still witness the whole process of making bricks—from choosing clay, kneading it, putting it in molds and shaping to drying the raw bricks under the sun and putting them in the kilns. It takes brick makers a few days to gather sufficient raw materials. Then, clay bricks are baked for about two weeks. Keeping the right temperature in the kiln is crucial and requires expertise. These temperatures can get very high and workers, mostly women, have to toil in hard conditions.
A woman is molding flower pots in a factory
Floor tiles are let dry
The opening of a traditional kiln
Pots are lined up before being baked
Pottery products ready to be baked in the kiln
This worker is keeping the kiln at the right temperature
These bricks have been baked in a traditional kiln
Recently, the 5th Congress of SIVIDUC, the Vietnamese Student Association in Germany, for the term 2023-2025, was successfully held. The event attracted a remarkable attendance of nearly 30 participants, who represented a vibrant community of over 15,000 Vietnamese individuals studying and working in Germany.
To commemorate the two anniversaries, a captivating photo exhibition featuring Vietnamese women and children will be unveiled in Hanoi this coming March. Showcasing the resilience, beauty, and spirit of these incredible individuals, the exhibition aims to shed light on their invaluable contributions to society. With a diverse range of captivating photographs capturing tender moments and inspiring stories, this exhibition promises to be a poignant tribute to the strength and compassion of Vietnamese women and children. Join us as we celebrate their remarkable journeys through the power of visual storytelling.
The People’s Committee of Hanoi’s Tay Ho district recently held a sticky rice festival and a ceremony to declare the tradition of cooking sticky rice in Phu Thuong village as a national intangible cultural heritage.
In the North, Vietnam's weather forecast for the upcoming days suggests that there will be cold days and rainy nights starting from March 1 until the weekend. Meanwhile, the Southern region can expect to experience consistently high temperatures.