Traditional Trade Villages in Da Nang
1. Tuy Loan Rice Paper Village
Address: Tuy Loan ancient village, Hoa Vang District, Hoa Phong Commune, Da Nang City
About 15km southwest of Da Nang, the Tuy Loan ancient village is located in Hoa Vang District’s Hoa Phong Commune. It boasts beautiful scenery and the unique characteristics of a typical Vietnamese rural village.
Despite its many ups and downs over the past 5 centuries, local residents are proud of the village’s many old houses, its history, its beautiful setting and its many interesting features which include an old banyan tree, a boat station, and a communal house. Villagers also take pride in their My Quang (Quang rice noodles) speciality and their rice paper making.
What to explore:
Soft rice paper is one of the most popular foods in Tet. Although there are many different types of rice paper, Tuy Loan’s is the most famous because of its unique method of production and its amazing flavours of garlic and ginger. It has become very popular with local residents and both domestic and overseas visitors.
In order to make the tasty rice paper, deliciously scented rice from the winter-spring crop is used. Tuy Loan’s rice paper tastes very different from similar products produced elsewhere thanks to its special recipe which includes various spice mixes such as dipping sauce, salt, sugar, garlic and sesame.
Also unlike elsewhere in the country, Tuy Loan’s villagers dry their products on charcoal fires instead of drying them in the sun, which prevents any mould formation.
If you visit this village, you will have an unforgettable experience enjoying delicious My Quang accompanied by Tuy Loan’s rice paper.
2. Non Nuoc Stone Village
Non Nuoc stone carving village located at the foot of Marble Mountains is a famous traditional village of Danang city for fine art stone engraving products.
Address: At the foot of the Marble Mountains in Ngu Hanh Son District’s Hoa Hai Ward.
Visit duration: 1 hour
Good for travel: First time visit
Apart from its great beaches and beautiful landscapes, Da Nang boasts the Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, which is a typical and unique craft village to the south of the City. Situated at the foot of the Marble Mountains in Ngu Hanh Son District’s Hoa Hai Ward, this craft village has a proud history covering more than 200 years.
The founder of the village was craftsman Huynh Ba Quat from Thanh Hoa Province. In the late 18th century, he and others from his hometown brought their families to live in this village. There is a place of worship here now which is dedicated to the founding ancestors of the village, and the villagers hold a special ceremony on the 6th day of the 1st lunar month every year to honour their ancestors.
Initially, the village’s craft products had been made to serve the daily lives of the local people, and included such items as rice mortars, grain grinders and tombstones. More recently, its product range has expanded and they are now considered to be some of the City’s highest value exports.
To maintain and develop their occupation, the Non Nuoc carvers are deeply aware of preserving their relic site and protecting their traditional skills. The stone used is now sourced from the northern region, not from local sources any more, and precious stones are even imported from other countries.
Stone carving was based on the experience and skills passed down from generation to generation, but there are now professional training courses. There are over 300 carving businesses in the village, with thousands of carvers.
The Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village is a “must see” and a “can not miss” destination during your visit to our beautiful seaside city. You will have a chance to explore a local craft village and watch skilful carvers creating their beautiful sculptures.
What to explore:
Besides the household utensils, the jewellery is very pretty, delicate and colourful, and there is a variety of statues of Buddha, sphinxes, birds and animals, national heroes and famous characters. These statues are extremely exquisite and come in many different sizes, from a small statue measuring just a few centimetres to a giant sized one.
Every day, in spite of life’s ups and downs, the village is full of the laughter of the craftsmen and the sound of the hammers striking chisels. With their skilful hands and love for the art, they produce impressive polished statues and petite, sophisticated items incorporating both traditional and modern motifs, and these have been taken to many parts of the world by visitors.
How to get there:
You can come to Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village by many ways including bus, motorbike, bike, taxi, car.
By Bus: If you are in Hoi An (호이안) City, you maybe go by bus with cheap price. From the center of Hoi An (호이안) City, you go straight on Ly Thuong Kiet Street as well as Le Hong Phong Street. The bus station is on Le Hong Phong, near Hoi An (호이안) Silk Village. It takes about 40 minutes to come to Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village by bus.
By motorbike: If you are in Da Nang City, you can hire motorbike to get there. Firstly, you pass through Han River Bridge and turn right on Ngo Quyen Street. Then you just go straight on that Street to reach the Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village. It takes about 25 minutes by motorbike from Da Nang City.
– Great work of art
– Beautiful handmade work
– Skillful artists and artful products
– Traditional work of many generations
– A must visit place
3. Nam O Fish Sauce Village
When speaking of Nam O fish sauce, it’s definitely the specialty of Quang people.
Address: Hoa Hiep Ward, Lien Chieu District, Da Nang City
Visit duration: 1 hour
Nestled on Hoa Hiep Ward, Lien Chieu District, the Nam O village is well-known for its fish sauce-making. Its product wins the trust of customers both at home and abroad.
Established in the early 20th century, Nam O is a small fishing village which is regarded as one of the best producers of this delicious dipping sauce. The Nam O village used to support itself by producing firecrackers until the government imposed a ban on them in 1995.
What to explore:
The Nam O brand of fish sauce tastes very different from similar products from elsewhere in the country thanks to its special recipe. An Association of the Nam O Fish Sauce Village has been established and is recognised by the National Office of Intellectual Property of Viet Nam. In addition, the Association has been granted a collective label for its fish sauce product.
Nam O fish sauce is made from long-jawed anchovies with a high protein content which are caught in the 3rd lunar month. Its delicious taste is partly attributed to the fish mixed with salt which is sourced from Ca Na Beach in Ninh Thuan Province. The grains of this salt are white, well-dried, and larger than the salt from other localities. It is dried on a cement floor for between five and seven days, and it is then stored in pottery vats for a few of years before being used to salt the fish. The process of salting the fish starts from the 3rd lunar month and the sauce-making will be finished in the days leading up to the next Tet Festival. Nam O fish sauce is dark red and has a very nice aroma.
The fish must be freshly caught and of medium size. They are cleaned in sea water before being preserved, not fresh water because this takes away their taste and smell and the fish can go off easily during the long preservation period. The vats must be made from special woods, including jackfruit wood. The fish is mixed with salt and layered in the jars. Over the top layer is placed a grid of bamboo or dried areca bark. The vat is carefully sealed and kept in a dark, dry, clean and cool place away from the wind. After six or seven months, the fish is stirred. When a white yeast substance forms on the top, the grid is taken off. At the beginning of the lunar new year, the preserved mixture is filtered through a piece of silk to create the dark red fish sauce.
Despite its many ups and downs over the past 2 centuries, fish sauce-making in this village still flourishes today due to its special secret recipe. At Tet or on other special occasions, many people in the city and from localities beyond seek to buy bottles of Nam O fish sauce because of its special flavour.
4. Cam Ne Mats Village
Cam Ne weavers make variety of mats with wide or narrow size, plain mats and flowers mats. Plain mats are made with white fibers that they don’t stain.
Address: Hoa Tien Commune, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang City
Visit duration: 1 hour
Cam Ne Mat Village, which is 14 km to the south-west of Da Nang, belongs to Hoa Tien Commune, Hoa Vang District. Cam Ne mats were used in the royal palaces of the Nguyen Dynasty, and the artists from Cam Ne Village were honoured and rewarded by the kings.
What to explore:
Cam Ne weavers don’t apply flower pattern onto the background after weaving white mats like some others villages, but they choose rush fibers to dye them with many colors according to the owner. Red, blue, green, yellow,… The colored substances are cooked then they dip the fibers into it and dry them. A handful of rushes can be dyed once or twice depending on the colors and the mixing. After being dried, the colored rush fibers are used to make flower mats.
A difficult job of mat weaving is to select the tree to make reed and shuttle. You have to choose trees which are straight, lightweight and strong. At Cam Ne, they often use the old palm tree to make the reed and shuttle.
Their products are sold by wholesale through the village. Prices vary depending on the size. Cam Ne mats have the advantages of thicker and stronger edges, it’s softer while lying down than others local mats. To preserve and promote the Cam Ne traditional mats weaving, local people help each other by sharing experiences, providing capital; and especially their products must have a good reputation for design, quality and efficient use to exist and develop