Countryside Ho Chi Minh city – Le Minh Xuan incense making village 

Explore countryside Ho Chi Minh city – Le Minh Xuan incense-making village 

Le Minh Xuan incense making village

How to travel from Ho Chi Minh central area to Le Minh Xuan incense making village

Le Minh Xuan village what to do in Saigon Ho Chi Minh

Travel distance: 30 km 

There is not public bus from center of Saigon to Le Minh Xuan village so taking a taxi or driving your motorbike can be a best option. 

There is another way to can do its travel on the bicycle, a Ho Chi Minh city cycling trip in the weekend to visit Le Minh Xuan incense-making village can be a great adventure if you are looking for what to do in Ho Chi Minh city

Explore Le Minh Xuan incense-making village on your weekend 

Recent days has seen craftsmen in Le Minh Xuan incense-making village in Binh Chanh district of HCM City hard at work as they strive to meet orders for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, known locally as Tet. If you are looking for What to do in Ho Chi Minh city – Saigon so Explore countryside Ho Chi Minh city – Le Minh Xuan ancient village you should not be missed! 

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Le Minh Xuan incense-making village is one of the largest and oldest places of its kind in the southern region. Villagers are busy all year round as they make items to serve the country’s main festivals,
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Some households make use of drying machines instead of drying incense sticks directly in the sun light.

The incense village in Le Minh Xuan commune, Binh Chanh district, Ho Chi Minh City has been a traditional craft village for almost a century. Despite having fewer drying racks in front of the alley, the village still retains its unique beauty that has existed for many generations. It is considered one of the largest incense product supply centers in the Southern region.

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Around 2,500,000 to 3,000,000 incense sticks are produced each day, with every 1,000 sticks costing between VND25,000 and VND30,00

During Tet or other major festivals of the year such as the death anniversary of King Hung, the full moon of January, July, etc., the road leading to Mai Ba Huong and Thich Thien Hoa leading to the village will be filled with bright yellow incense and light scent wafting in the wind. The diligent people who have worked along with the flow of time over the past 100 years have further highlighted the beauty of Vietnam’s long-standing traditional culture.

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Each household has a unique method of mixing their materials as a way of creating an exclusive aroma.

Explore the countryside Ho Chi Minh – Le Minh Xuan ancient village 

Burning incense is an integral part of Vietnamese culture, especially during Tet. Along with the culture of gathering on Tet, the five-fruit tray on the ancestors’ table, burning incense also contributes to preserving the value of Vietnamese national cultural identity. The incense makers have contributed to preserving traditional beauty, preserving Vietnamese soul forever during holidays, New Year, as well as other religious activities.

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Families that produce small amounts usually make use of sunlight to dry their products.
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After being dried, the incense sticks are bundled into sets, with each set typically containing 1,000 sticks, weighing approximately 1.5 kilos.

In the midst of the hot afternoon sun, Uncle Bay (58 years old) – the owner of a long-standing incense shop in this craft village – could be seen diligently turning over bundles of fragrant incense. He has been making incense sticks for as long as he can remember, and his family has been in the business since before liberation (1975).

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Mr. Bay’s family is one of the oldest incense making households.

Explore the countryside Ho Chi Minh – Le Minh Xuan ancient village 

According to Mr. Bay, he and his wife have been in the profession for more than 10 years. “My family gets up at 4 a.m. to prepare the steps, then quickly iron them and take advantage of the sun to dry them. The time it takes for the incense powder to dry is from 4 to 5 hours. During that time, the maker You have to turn the incense regularly so that it dries evenly and quickly,” Mr. Bay said.

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To make an incense stick, you must first make the base of the incense stick, then dip the bottom part in red paint and then dry it in the sun, followed by grinding the powder, mixing the incense powder, seizing the incense, drying it, and sealing it in the air.

It is known that Mr. Bay’s family and many households in Le Minh Xuan incense village are supported by companies with machinery and raw materials for production. After that, the finished incense products will be bought back by the company. Wages are calculated per incense stick.

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Villagers make incense all year round. but they are busy on major national occasions such as Tet and full moon festivals.

For each thousand (1,000 sticks) of incense, the incense maker receives from 4,000 to 5,000 VND in wages. On average, with one machine, working in one day, Mr. Bay’s family can produce from 60 to 70 incense sticks, earning from 250,000 to 350,000 VND/day.

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Incense products from Le Minh Xuan Village are sold in HCM City and many other markets across the country.

So if you are looking for an weekend headaway of busy city, Le Minh Xuan incense making villlage can be a good option for activities to do in ho chi minh city

 

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