06:00 | 18/09/2022 Culture & Tourism
(VEN) - Located about 60km northeast of the capital Hanoi, Phu Lang has become one of the most famous traditional pottery villages in Vietnam. The village in Phu Lang Commune of the northern province of Bac Ninh’s Que Vo District has a long recorded history. According to historical records, the village was founded by Luu Phong Tu, who was sent to China at the end of the Ly Dynasty to learn pottery making at the imperial court.
He passed the craft on to the people living on the banks of the Luc Dau River, then moved to Van Kiep (in Hai Duong). Around the beginning of the 13th century (Tran Dynasty), the craft was shifted to the Phu Lang Trung land. The Vietnam History Museum displays a number of Phu Lang ceramic products dating back to the 17-19th centuries.
The village is renowned for household products such as jars, kettles, pots, flower pots, and ornamental pedestals, among other products.
Phu Lang ceramic and pottery products are of high quality because they are dried in the traditional kiln called “Rong”, which is specially constructed and uses dry wood as fuel. On average, one batch includes 700 main products, such as jars, basins and pots in addition to 1,000-1,500 extra items such as bottles, water troughs and pots to cook traditional medicine.
The products are tempered at more than 1,000ºC. Due to the high temperature-resistant red clay, the finished products are not deformed after being fired and baked. Phu Lang ceramic products have carved a niche in both domestic and foreign markets.