Kon Ko Tu ancient village: Traditional cultural heritage of the Ba Na people

Kon Ko Tu community tourism village belongs to Dak Ro Wa commune, located in the Northeast of Kon Tum city. This is considered an ‘old’ village that still retains the unique values ​​of the Ba Na ethnic people in the bustling city of Kon Tum.

Currently, the village’s population is about 760 people, with 144 households, of which 138 households, 736 people are Ba Na ethnic people living in the village area of ​​about 06 hectares. Previously, people’s lives were still difficult and difficult, but since Kon Tum province approved and implemented the community tourism village model, it has created a big “leap” in household economic development. family.

Kon Ko Tu ancient village: Traditional cultural heritage of the Ba Na people

Kon Ko Tu ancient village: Traditional cultural heritage of the Ba Na people

The communal house was built by the people with patterns imbued with the identity of the Ba Na ethnic community

With a beautiful location and flat land running through the Dak Bla river branch, creating a landscape painting that attracts tourists from the moment they arrive. In the village, ancient stilt houses are still preserved in the community. It is this characteristic that gives Kon Ko Tu its unique character in tourism development. Frequent exchanges and contact with people from all over the world Domestic as well as international tourists do not erode an existing long-standing culture. “Integrate but do not dissolve”, is the core factor to retain tourists. It seems that everyone who has once visited this land has a desire to return many more times.

Along with that, the inherent rhythm in the daily life of indigenous people is always maintained, unaffected by the socio-economic development of a bustling city. People here still carry their belongings to the fields and fields every day to grow crops, and women stay at home and work hard at knitting and weaving. Late in the afternoon, when dusk is about to fall, dugout canoes glide gently on the gentle Dak Bla river. The small children in the village invited each other to the large fields to fly kites in the wind. Life…continues in a simple cycle in the countryside.

An officer of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Kon Tum province wrote: Kon Ko Tu village possesses extremely rich natural resources with diverse terrain, rivers, rapids, and sandy beaches stretching along Along the riverbank surrounding the village, a number of fertile alluvial fields have been built up over the years, the regenerated forest is growing more and more, and this is a favorable condition for tourism activities to experience, explore, camping and treeking… Thanks to the Dak Bla river flowing through it, it helps people here develop agricultural production in a traditional way with unique local characteristics, and at the same time, a full year-round water source creates the village’s Kon Ko Tu has more poetic, charming scenery… attractive to tourists when they come to visit and through that Kon Ko Tu village has been evaluated by travel companies and tourists from near and far at home and abroad. Attractive tourist destination with unique and unique tourism products: Canoeing on Dak Bla River.

Walking around, visitors will see a communal house bearing the mark of the Ba Na ethnic people. This is a place used for common activities of the village. Accordingly, thanks to the skillful and meticulous hands of the people who carved and drew unique patterns, the communal house is considered the most beautiful and second most beautiful of ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands.

Currently, the People’s Committee of Dak Ro Wa commune has coordinated with the city’s Urban Management Department to consider, survey, and advise on the construction of a boat wharf (behind Rong Kon Ko Tu house), to develop a road tourism experience model. water, combined with the tourism model of experiencing traditional canoes on the river to attract more tourists to visit.

Coming to Kon Ko Tu, visitors will feel the hospitality and see firsthand the ancient stilt houses still preserved in the community; Immerse yourself in unique customs in festivals such as playing gongs next to fragrant jars of wine, weaving brocade, building stilt houses… A big plus point, bringing comfort when traveling extensively. The experience here is that many people, in addition to speaking their mother tongue and Vietnamese, can communicate in English and French… Next to the flickering fires, visitors will hear thrilling stories from ancient times. , so that they can understand and feel more clearly about this land and its people.

Kon Ko Tu ancient village: Traditional cultural heritage of the Ba Na people

Foreign tourists are excited when coming to the community tourism village

At the same time, because the village is located in the city, traveling by means of transport is very convenient. After visiting Kon Ko Tu community tourism village, visitors can visit famous destinations. of Kon Tum city such as: Suspension Bridge, Centenary Wooden Church, Kon Tum Prison. Further afield, a magical Mang Den about 50km from Kon Tum City, with a fresh, cool climate, is considered “Da Lat 2” in the Central Highlands, always ready to welcome tourists to visit.

In particular, Kon Tum currently has 43 ethnic groups living together; Among them, there are 7 local ethnic minorities: Xo Dang, Ba Na, Gie Trieng, Jrai, Hre, Ro Mam and Brau, treasures of traditional culture and art of ethnic groups in Kon Tum province. both rich and diverse. Therefore, tourism development associated with the benefits of ethnic minority communities is considered an important factor in creating success for the tourism industry in Kon Tum province.

Leaders of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Kon Tum province have affirmed that the province will promote the development of community tourism, rural tourism in particular, associated with the construction of new rural areas; Build cultural villages and craft villages associated with tourism development. In addition, the province also builds tourism products associated with rural areas on the basis of the value chain that tourism activities bring, including the participation of people and communities, contributing to conservation and development. Promote the cultural values ​​of ethnic minorities in the province, as well as residential areas.

According to a survey by the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2020, out of a total of 400 surveys of tourists coming to Kon Tum, 40.6% of visitors responded to the tourist destination of Kon K’Tu village, city. Kon Tum, proving that this place has great attraction to other tourist destinations in Kon Tum province. In 2021, there will be 2,000 visitors to Kon K’Tu. In addition, every year this place welcomes hundreds of international tourists. That achievement is thanks to the cooperation of all levels and sectors, especially the people “doing tourism – tourism standards” with methodical investment, true to their own identity.