Yen Phu Incense Village
Phu Incense Village is in the Yen Phu city gate, located on the edge of
the mysterious West Lake in Tay Ho District , Hanoi.
Characteristic: Besides the ornamental fish breeding, inhabitants in the village have done incense for long time.
According to the some documentation and the village elders, Chinese handed down the work of making incense since the 13th century. The Buddhism and the custom of burning incense was developed here and many other places. In the 20th
century, making incense developed strongly and not only attracts people
in this village but also in the other villages like An Duong, Nghi Tam
with a large of people.
the early time of 1980, there was the sign of oblivion as many families
changed their job. But this career is recovered and developed until
Even though the incense business is not a cushy job and
high income, inhabitants still take their job because of the traditional
career. They are used to living on it and find the other suitable job
difficult. Thus, this is the hard job; It spends a lot of work stage.
Everybody in a work family has to work hard for each division labor in
the task from normal to complex. The young and old often does the normal
job as sharpening stick, drying and collection, parking goods. The most
complex stage is the mixture of spice incense between the sawdust and
spice materials. This work is carried out by the experienced worker
because it affects on the quality of incense.
are lots means of transport bring materials to village and merchants
come here to take incense to the districts all the country. The incense
village is more crowded in Tet holiday and the late time of year because
the demand of incense is high.
Besides the family live on
producing incense, some families carry on business relating to incense
like materials, agency, so they live on incense too.