Spiritual fragrance

Incense has been a traditional product of Hue for a long period of time, as the city is a stronghold of Buddhism and boasts more pagodas than elsewhere in Vietnam.

Phi Kim Huyen on December 03,2014 03:09 PM

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The core of an incense stick is made from bamboo that has been whittled and dried.

Once the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), Hue is also a land of spiritual belief, with Buddhism developing stronger and more pagodas being found than anywhere else in Vietnam. Attached closely to spiritual life, incense has been produced in the city for many, many years and continues to thrive.

It’s easy to meet people producing incense in Hue, so much so that it’s become a cultural characteristic of the former capital. Along Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street is an ‘incense village’ with more than 20 households involved in production. Two major types of incense are produced: stick incense and cone-shaped incense, whose components include eaglewood and when burnt emit a scent that is mild, deep, relaxing and warm, bringing a sense of tranquility.

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