The biggest terra-cotta park in Vietnam inaugurated

By SONG ANH – MINH HAI |

(QNO) – On April 30th, after over 4 years of building, Thanh Ha Terracotta Park – the biggest pottery museum in Vietnam was officially inaugurated and put into operation in Thanh Ha pottery village (Hoi An city).

This construction was designed by Viet House Company. It covers an area of over 6,000m2, with a total capital of nearly 20 billion VND.

Beating the drums to open the ceremony. Photo: Minh Hai
Beating the drums to open the ceremony. Photo: Minh Hai

The entire space of Thanh Ha Terracotta Park is constituted by bricks and terracotta. The idea of building this park comes from the spin table, the symbol of a pottery village with its development wheel. Besides, the two kinds of kiln (downward and upward) represent yin – yang.

The performance of “Honoring pottery art”. Photo: Minh Hai
The performance of “Honoring pottery art”. Photo: Minh Hai

Mr Nguyen Van Nguyen, Director of Viet House Company, Manager of Thanh Ha Terracotta Park project, said: “With an ambition of building the kingdom of terracotta, we wish a culture space to connect visitors, a place to hold cultural exchange events among craft villages, especially a museum of craft  villages set up to promote their traditional values. This park becomes a part of “the charm of Thanh Ha pottery village” inspiring pottery artisans as well as artists who like discovering terracotta”.

Mr Nguyen Van Nguyen, Director of Viet House Company – the project owner – offers flowers to people for building the park. Photo: Minh Hai
Mr Nguyen Van Nguyen, Director of Viet House Company – the project owner – offers flowers to people for building the park. Photo: Minh Hai

One of the meaningful activities in the inauguration ceremony was the rite of bringing fire from the oldest pottery-kiln in Thanh Ha village to the park. Three generations of artisans of Thanh Ha pottery village together perform this rite with the signification of proceeding with the tradition of the craft village.

The artisans light the fire in Thanh Ha Terracotta Park. Photo: Minh Hai
The artisans light the fire in Thanh Ha Terracotta Park. Photo: Minh Hai

Then, the first product was immediately made in Thanh Ha Terracotta Park by the oldest pottery artisan – Mrs. Nguyen Thi Duoc.

Artisan Nguyen Thi Duoc and the first product in Thanh Ha Terracotta Park. Photo: Minh Hai
Artisan Nguyen Thi Duoc and the first product in Thanh Ha Terracotta Park. Photo: Minh Hai

On this occasion, Rundfunh – Jugendchorp Choir of Wernigerode City (Federal Republic of Germany), twinned city of Hoi An – also performed in Thanh Ha Terracotta Park.

Rundfunh – Jugendchorp Choir of  Wernigerode city (Federal Republic of Germany) performs in the park. Photo: Minh Hai
Rundfunh – Jugendchorp Choir of Wernigerode city (Federal Republic of Germany) performs in the park. Photo: Minh Hai

Mr Roby Bellemans, Managing Director of Thanh Ha Terracotta Park said the park will have many experiencing projects for children and young people after put into operation. Operating as a museum, Thanh Ha Terracotta Park is not only the place for visiting, the conservation and development of  traditional village but also the place of recommending ideas for the future.

By SONG ANH – MINH HAI