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Trù Sơn clay pot making village ramps up production for Tết




Trù Sơn is the only village in Nghệ An making earthen pots. — Photo

Thanh Nga

Though not sophisticated, finicky or elaborate like Bát Tràng or Phù Lãng potteries, the clay pot making village in Trù Sơn Commune, Đô Lương District, Nghệ An Province is as rustic as the name itself.

This is the only village in Nghệ An making earthen pots, so it is also called “earthen pot village”.

At this time of year, people in the village are busy firing kilns to prepare goods for the Lunar New Year market.

Nguyễn Đình Thoan’s family spent the cold winter afternoons arranging clay pots on the kiln. In addition to rice straw, his family uses pine leaves, sandalwood or cajuput leaves to burn the kiln. Each type of leaf will create a separate colour for the product.

This is an important stage of the process of making clay pots of Trù Sơn village. Everyone in the house is mobilised to keep the fire burning.

Although it is winter, Thoan’s face is drenched with sweat and smeared with soot.

“It takes about five to six hours to fire the pots, so we usually start at noon and finish it by late afternoon. We not only put fuel in the furnace and keep burning it, we need to turn the pots many times, so this work is also quite hard and painstaking”, Thoan told Việt Nam News.

Baked products are put in piles waiting to be sold. The cost of each pot depends on the size and distance of transportation. The cheapest one is sold at the average price of VNĐ10,000 to VNĐ20,000 per piece.

According to Thoan, the kiln is about 1m high and 2m wide. Depending on the size of each product, the furnace can fire from 250-600 products.

To make a pot, the stage of soil selection is very important. Clay is chosen in Nghi Văn Commune in Nghi Lộc District and Sơn Thành Commune in Yên Thành District.

The clay is then cut into small pieces and kneaded well. When the requirements are met, people put it on the turntable to shape the product. The shaping stages is done by the skilful hands of artisans.

Trù Sơn pottery is made entirely by hand. — Photo

The products of Trù Sơn Village are also very diverse with pots for cooking water, rice, meat and fish, as well as for decoration or stewing traditional medicinal herbs.

Sixty-three-year-old craftsman Nguyễn Hữu Thanh said that his family makes about 800 pieces of pots every week. Each product costs VNĐ10,000. This number increases in the run-up to Tết, so his kiln must be fired continuously to meet demand.

Nguyễn Thị Thái’s family in Hamlet 12 have a lot of customers in the northern provinces ordering clay pots. To have enough goods to supply the market, her family usually has five workers with a salary of around VNĐ4 million per person monthly. 

Thái also buys clay pots from other villagers and sells them to retailers in Thái Nguyên, Hà Nội, Hà Nam and Quảng Bình. On average, each week, Thái’s family supplies the market with more than 4,000 pieces, bringing in an income of around VNĐ10 million.

Nguyễn Thị Chung, living in Hamlet 12, said that she has been working as a potter since she was a child. Now she is nearly 60 years old but she is still attached to the craft. Previously, because there weren’t many markets for products, her family could only bake around 300 pieces a month in one or two kilns. Now, many customers come to her house so each month her family bakes four or five kilns, and provides regular jobs for three workers.

Trù Sơn people have been attached to the clay pottery for many generations. — Photo

Traditional job

The craft of clay pottery in Trù Sơn Commune has existed for a long time and usually stays within families. In recent years, many restaurants, hotels and traditional fishing villages have developed, making traditional clay pots more popular. This has allowed the ancient craft in Trù Sơn to flourish again.

“Making clay pots is an ancient craft handed down from generation to generation. I am 54 years old but have more than 40 years of experience. Before I had to cycle to other provinces to sell my wares. But now, I only do wholesale at home,” potter Thoan said with a smile.

According to the legend, when the village was founded, people’s lives was extremely miserable. All year-round, they only stuck to a few plots of barren fields. Seeing this, a young princess came to teach people how to make clay pots to improve their lives.

Since then, the people of Trù Sơn Commune have engaged with and developed the craft to this day. Almost every person in Trù Sơn is taught pottery from childhood.

When walking around the village, visitors can see a reddish-brown colour with full-sized earthenware pots. 

Currently, there are many villages making clay pots all over the country, but Trù Sơn is still considered as the place to keep the most basic features of ancient pottery.

The products are not fussy or complicated, but very simple and easy to use. Although the Trù Sơn clay pots are very light and thin, they have high hardness and durability. Moreover, when using this product to cook food or herbal medicines, the inherent flavour of the dish is preserved.

Although it is no longer as flourishing as before, the clay-pot making in Trù Sơn has not been lost. The local authorities and people always try to build and develop the craft to preserve the traditional features of the homeland.

Thanks to these efforts, there are still more than 60 households making pottery in the village today, crafting tens of thousands of products to supply the market every month.

Sellers of clay pots rest by the side of the road. — Photo

According to Nguyễn Thụy Chính, chairman of Trù Sơn People’s Committee, in the past five years, the clay-pot trade has developed quite well because of higher demand of consumers.

“On average, a person has an income of VNĐ5-7 million per month. Besides making pots, they also work in agriculture, so many families have a better life than before,” he said.

Chính added that the authorities will establish a cooperative to support local potters in the production and marketing. —



Ho Chi Minh City installs solar-powered trash cans to boost waste classification



The People’s Committees of District 5 and District 11 in Ho Chi Minh City have joined forces with Green Resources Technology Company to place 200 solar-powered rubbish bins at key spots to encourage residents and tourists to sort garbage.

District 11 will install 84 solar-powered trash cans at sidewalks, the yards of state agencies, and schools.

These green rubbish bins are set to gradually replace the current public trash cans.

In the first quarter of 2019, the administration of District 5 piloted the installation of 21 hi-tech trash cans at 10 schools.

The district decided to expand this pilot program this year due to the positive results of the installation.

These bins have two compartments for organic waste and other rubbish.

Twenty-six solar-powered trash cans were placed at some parks and the headquarters of state agencies in the district in the first quarter of 2023.

In early June, the district will install 74 other hi-tech rubbish bins with three compartments for recyclable waste, food waste, and other garbage at administrative agencies, hospitals, schools, and bus stops and on sidewalks.

These trash bins consist of solar panels to activate advertisement signs and instructions that make it easier for people to throw trash into the right compartment.

Information about environmental protection also appears on the hi-tech bins.

The company will install these solar-powered trash cans free of charge in 10 years.

Many parts of Ho Chi Minh City such as Ben Nghe Ward and Pham Ngu Lao Ward in District 1 and Tan Thoi Hiep Ward in District 12 are facing difficulty sorting waste.

These districts are classifying waste into two kinds, including organic waste and others, while the government’s Decree 54 stipulates waste must be sorted into three types, including recyclable garbage, food leftovers, and other solid trash.

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Int’l Yoga Day to take place in 22 localities across Vietnam in late June



The Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City will team up with the Vietnam Yoga Federation to roll out the 2023 International Yoga Day in 22 provinces and cities in Vietnam’s southern region at the end of June.

This edition will be the biggest ever since the yoga fest was first launched in the Southeast Asian nation in 2015, Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City Madan Mohan Sethi told a press briefing on Tuesday.

The yoga event is part of a wide range of cultural exchange, tourism, trade, and investment promotion events to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and India, said the consul general.

Speaking at the press conference, Sethi affirmed that Vietnam plays an important role in India’s Act East Policy, an effort by the Indian government to cultivate extensive economic and strategic relations with Southeast Asia.

India strongly believes in Vietnam’s support, he added.

“Both India and Vietnam see mutual respect and trust as the pivot of long-lasting relations between the two nations. We can make this partnership even stronger amid ongoing global uncertainties,” Sethi underlined.

Consul General of India to Ho Chi Minh City Madan Mohan Sethi and guests pose for a photo at the press briefing on May 30, 2023. Photo: The Consulate General of India

Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City Madan Mohan Sethi (R, 5th) and guests pose for a photo at a press briefing on May 30, 2023. Photo: Consulate General of India

Culture exchange acts as a boost for Vietnam – India ties

The exchange of culture traits, especially related to Buddhism and yoga, plays a significant role in the two nations’ relations, Sethi said.

Over the past few months, the Consulate General of India has initiated a host of cultural exchange events in 11 cities and provinces in southern Vietnam.

Apart from the upcoming yoga festival, a delegation of cultural experts from Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region will travel to India to deepen cultural cooperation in July.

Besides, the consulate general is planning to join hands with the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts and the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association to promote traditional cultural exchange.

Stronger partnership in various fields 

The Indian diplomat expressed his high expectations for tourism growth between the two countries.

With the popularity of e-visas, Sethi predicted that 500,000 Indian tourists would travel to Vietnam in 2023, a three-fold surge year on year.

The representative of India also eyes deeper cooperation in education and manpower training for the technology-information, international trade, and pharmacy sectors, which are India’s strengths. 

The two nations will accelerate student exchanges to widen their skills and knowledge, Sethi said. 

He also called on technology students and startups in Vietnam to connect with India partners in this field to enhance tech cooperation between the two countries.

The Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City will host a conference to beef up collaboration with the Mekong Delta region on June 28, with the participation of nearly 100 Indian enterprises.

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Trans-Vietnam railway world’s most incredible rail trip: Lonely Planet



Lonely Planet, the world-renowned travel guide, recently named Vietnam’s North-South Railway, also known as the Reunification Express line, as the most incredible train journey in the world.

The railway was described as one of Southeast Asia’s best-loved railways and the world’s most epic overnight train journey.

It stretches for 1,730 kilometers between the country’s two biggest cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City over the course of two days.

Some railways rattle through historic cities; others swoosh beside spectacular coastlines. A few have an epic history, and one or two are remarkable for the colorful characters onboard. The Reunification Express line fulfills all these criteria, said Lonely Planet.

“There is no more atmospheric way to haul into Vietnam’s twin metropolises. And there’s no better way of exploring all the glories in between,” the site added.

Besides Vietnam’s North-South Railway, Lonely Planet’s list of the most incredible train journeys includes the California Zephyr in the U.S., Lake Titicaca Railway in Peru, Beijing to Lhasa Express in China, Caledonian Sleeper in the UK, Bergensbanen in Norway, TranzAlpine in New Zealand, and Tazara Railway in Tanzania and Zambia. 

Vietnam’s North-South Railway was also listed in the 10 best train journeys in the world by Lonely Planet in 2018.

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