Peaceful suburb in the northwest of the city

From the intersection of Phan Dinh Phung – Ba Trieu, going northwest, just a few minutes away, our group stopped at a quite famous Ba Na village, which is PleiToNghia village. Although located next to the city center, the village still retains its cultural characteristics: winding village roads shaded by trees, stilt houses, long houses with straw-woven mud walls, and tilted tiled roofs. Perched on high and low mounds of land, back to back, facing the communal house like a flock of chicks being comforted and protected by their mother… In particular, right on the stairs leading up to the communal house, there are two symbols: a sacred chair and a copper pot, two of the folk beliefs of the Central Highlands people. Through these sacred objects, the villagers want to pray for Yang to grant them prosperity. prosperous, prosperous and happy.

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Houses with mud walls and stilts and moss-covered tiled roofs hidden under old tamarind trees captivate the hearts of many visitors.

Then the stilt houses that have been built with bricks in recent years look quite sturdy, clean and equally charming next to the old stilt houses made of precious wood that the owners have been consciously taking care of. preserved for many generations. And through that we can easily recognize the richness and affluence of this famous village. Next to it are ground-level houses built in the modern architectural style of the Kinh people, facing the city streets…

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The sacred boat – one of the beliefs in all things animistic and the solid long house that is still standing for more than half a century is proof of the village’s prosperity from past to present.

About five minutes after leaving the village, not far to the left of the road is Plei Don village, located on a high hill, one of the oldest settled villages in Kon Tum. It’s truly heart-warming when glimpsed under the hundreds of years old tamarind trees are beautiful, closely spaced stilt houses lying leisurely and freely under the sun and rain of time. And how lovely it is when we see bobbing blonde heads with big round eyes, shyly, shyly hiding through small windows when we see strangers asking for directions…

We continued to cross the small bridge, looking to the right was the Kon Tum Sugar Factory. It’s the peak sugarcane harvest season, so work here is quite busy. Each truck pairs up to bring sugarcane into the factory, then rushes up the distant hills to bring sugarcane back in time for the year’s harvest. It is known that in recent years, the factory has always achieved many achievements in production and creating jobs and stable income for farmers here.

5.15.14The Dak Bla River flows gently towards the West.

On the left is the clear blue Dak Bla river, gracefully bending and drifting towards the West, carrying in it so much sediment and alluvium, enriching the green sugarcane and corn fields as far as the eye can see. The river also provides a lot of fish and shrimp for residents in the area. It is also a place for generations of children to freely play and is a witness to the love between couples of Ba Na and J’rai people living along the banks, forming their love after moonlit nights of dating…

Continuing about 1km further is Kon Ro Bang village (Ba Na, Ro Ngao) which is quite flat, wide and beautiful with small houses jutting out over the riverbank. The first thing that caught my eye that made me cry out in admiration was the tall roof like a giant ax blade slashing up into the sky, as if showing the mighty strength and solidarity of the community. , the talent of artisans. Through this unique and extraordinary work, there is deep pride in the hearts of every person here.

And I felt very excited when observing the decorative drawings on the 8 main pillars, each pillar requiring two people to hug. Eight simple but no less vivid drawings help us visualize scenes of everyday life that are deeply embedded in the spirituality of each person, such as: Scene of villagers and old soldiers having fun. the appearance of drinking wine during the buffalo stabbing ceremony; a couple is clearing plants to plant crops when the rain comes; A mother who had just given birth brought her baby to the stream to bathe, presenting it to the gods and the image of ancient warriors dressed in loincloths and shirtless, looking very healthy and brave, holding shields, spears, and spears, ready to fight. fight to protect the village…

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Sketches of ancient heroes and warriors remind us of a time long ago, when this area was full of wild animals and tribes were constantly fighting.

The last stop on the group’s first journey was an ancient village nestled next to a romantic river – KonHngorK’Tu village, Ro Ngao ethnic group, probably the most populous village in the province, in Phuong Quy village, Vinh commune. Quang. Our group stayed for a long time because the scenery was so charming and the people were so simple and lovely. Especially, we can clearly feel the sense of community expressed through the stilt houses that have been warmly gathered together for generations.

5.15.18A corner of KonHngorK’Tu village shows the community lifestyle characteristics of ethnic minorities in Kon Tum.

In addition to the rich history and culture of the Ba Na people that we have known through books and newspapers. This place also makes us feel lost in another world, the world of simple, ordinary people: the serenity of the old people; the dynamism of young people to always be in harmony with nature; the innocence of children… That daily routine is filled with so much affection and love.

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The moment an old man sits leisurely and exhales cigarette smoke or a little girl picks up her mother from work and looks peaceful and happy are images often sought after by tourists on their travel itineraries.

The village raises a lot of cattle. The cows here are very clean and healthy because their owners let them swim to the other side of the river to graze twice a day and then return in the afternoon to make the whole river wharf bustling. In the bright sunlight of the golden afternoon, cow heads bobbed like a herd of “crocodiles” in the deep river and behind them were funny “little bosses” swimming across the river with only one hand and the other raised. to keep your clothes from getting wet.

The sun was setting on the mountain in the west, but we were hypnotized. No one stood up to leave, but always looked toward the other side of the river to wait for the small dugout canoes as if they were dancing a dance. familiar with carrying the last villagers back to the village.

5.15.21Sunset on Dak Bla river.

In the afternoon smoke spreading through the corner of the kitchen and the small windows flying up to the rooftops, blending in with the little remaining light at the end of the day, the village looks so warm and peaceful. We left the village in a bustling atmosphere, with the sounds of families preparing for dinner, filled with joy because we encountered simple things in everyday life.

Article and photo: Tuong Lam

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