Road to KonJori cultural and tourist village

Road to KonJori cultural and tourist village

KonJôRi cultural village, Dak Ro Wa commune, Kon Tum city

KonJôRi Cultural Village is located on the southern bank of Dak Bla River, in Dak Ro Wa commune, just over 6km from Kon Tum city center. If you want to visit the village by car or motorbike, it is quite simple, from the city center follow Bac Kan road, cross Kon Klor suspension bridge, turn left for about 10 minutes and you will arrive. But if anyone loves nature and wants to learn more about the cultural life of the indigenous people here, they should choose small dirt roads, cross fields, hills and especially go through the villages. Ancient villages like Kon Tum K’Nam, Kon Tum K’Pong, Kon Ro Wang, Kon Klor… surely with a one-day walking tour like ours, you will find lovely cultural features that are only found in this place.

At exactly 8:00 a.m. according to the previously announced schedule, we “gathered” at Dak Bla Hotel, near the gateway to the city. After checking the necessary supplies for a picnic, we started to go to KonJori in a happy mood under the cool morning sunlight of the summer day, the sky of the Central Highlands looked so clear after a while. a rainy night.

1536486384 25 Road to KonJori cultural and tourist villageTan Huong Church, Nguyen Hue street, Kon Tum city

From the hotel, we followed Nguyen Hue Street. On the way, my friends did not forget to stop by to take pictures of Tan Huong Church (1886), located in Go Mit village, the old Tan Huong Tong and Wooden Church (1913). , is a famous cathedral for ethnic minorities in Kon Tum, nearly a century old now. For tourists, it is called Wooden Church and Tan Huong Church, but we have named these two large houses in the style of mischievous students as “Dark Chocolate Church and White Chocolate Church”. to show the two different characteristic colors of the two Churches from past to present and the architectural style of Europe (homeland of famous chocolate bars).

Next to the Wooden Church is Kon Tum K’Nam village, this ancient village has settled here for a long time, no one knows when it was established. We only know that before 1800, when Kinh merchants came to Kon Tum to trade and exchange goods, they saw people living very prosperously and happily next to a large lagoon (now a rice field). Together with Kon Tum K’Pong village, it created the name Kon Tum today (Kon: village; Tum: pond, lagoon, lake), Kon Tum means Village next to the lake. Speaking of this, we recall the legend about the courage, peace-loving hearts, and freedom-loving nature of two boys named Jorong and Uong quietly separated himself from his constantly warring community to build a house next to the lake in today’s village area. The land here is fertile and convenient for fishing, so more and more families come to settle, gradually creating a large village.

To get to Kon Tum K’Pong village, we passed through rice fields in the green stage of young seedlings. A very small road, just a path used by villagers every day to go to Water Drop. The water drop is where villagers gather every day, and is the second most important part of the village after the Communal House. The gurgling water flows day and night. Every morning, pregnant girls go out to get water for cooking and drinking. Every afternoon, the adults go out to bathe and wash, while the children laugh and talk loudly throughout the village. People who go to the fields, through mountains, across rivers, come back to a drop of water to bathe before going up to the house.

1536486384 538 Road to KonJori cultural and tourist villageA Ba Na girl is preparing to fetch water

Although today, in many villages, there are many houses with water wells, but most of them are for bathing and washing in the dry season. Normally, they still come to this drop of water every day as a habit that has been deeply ingrained in their minds for many years and is not easy to give up. Therefore, every year the village organizes a very solemn water trough festival. This is a water “port” that, no matter where it is, is always burning in the memory of every citizen.

We continued along the small road to Kon Tum K’Pong village. This small sloping road is very beautiful, on one side is a vast field and on the other side is a row of Poincianas blooming red in the sky, phoenix petals. Red fell down and flooded the entire walkway, making us unable to help but reminisce about the past when we were new students.

On the other side of the road is Kon Tum K’Pong village, one side facing Bac Kan road. For more than 10 years now, the village has been known as a village with handicraft weaving, providing the Kon Tum market and outside the province with a large number of large baskets for storing vegetables and fruits, which has created income. significant for the people here.

We again chose the dirt road through the village to Kon Ro Wang village, going to the end of the village is Kon Klor village. We stopped at each place to visit and take pictures of the stilt houses and chat with the people… It was interesting to see the hardworking women sitting for hours in front of the handlooms to weave items. necessary for the family. They are meticulous in every detail and their talented hands have created vivid, mysteriously beautiful stylized models.

Yet it was already past 11:00 a.m., we hurriedly crossed the Kon Klor suspension bridge, then arrived at Kon Klor 2 village, about 10 minutes further to the home of the orphans. If you have time here, you can visit and understand a little about the children’s lives.

We walked a few hundred meters further to reach a forest of Khop trees and next to it was the garden of a family that specializes in growing flowers all year round, the garden has many fruit trees. Especially in this area, there is a forest of cashew trees covering an entire hectare. If you go in March or April, it is the season when cashew trees produce flowers and fruits. The red and yellow dangling cashew nuts look very pretty and smell very fragrant, the flowers of the cashew tree also have a light, pleasant scent… We continued through the Khop forest, stopping for lunch next to a fairly large dam. , surrounding the lake are green wild sunflowers reaching out to the water surface. I’m imagining that if at the beginning of Autumn the wild sunflowers would bloom yellow on all four sides of the lake and in the cold autumn weather, how… wonderful the lake surface would become. Oh my!… I silently promised to return to this place.

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Tourists are using binoculars to observe

these The bird is hiding in the canopy of leaves – Illustration

After lunch, we sat to rest and “chat” under a tree in the forest. The space was so quiet that we could only hear the sounds of insects and birds intermittently… During this time we completely ignored the noise. The city behind…

Seeing that the sun had turned to the west, we hurriedly packed our luggage to continue our journey. Rounding the lake, we passed through cassava hills and rice fields of people. It’s the season of weeding and fertilizing to prepare for planting, so everyone must focus on working quickly or the grass will “swallow all the rice”. It’s nice to know that among that group of young people, there are friends from the same village who work in exchange for each other’s work. After finishing work for one family, they quickly work for the other. I was surprised because I only heard my mother tell stories about how to exchange labor in the past, but today I witnessed many things broken… including the feelings of farmers through productive labor…

Saying goodbye to the Ba Na boys and girls, we continued to choose the trail to head straight towards KonJeri village. Our group had gone down the hill and passed through terraced fields, preparing to climb the next small hill, but in our ears we could still hear the laughter and giggles of the couples on the other side of the hill blown by the strong winds. put into.

We continued to climb the hill and encountered many other interesting things… just walking and resting and talking to the people… it wasn’t until about 4pm that we reached KonJeri.

The first thing that caught our eyes was the newly built Rong House, with many vivid decorative images: such as the sun, the moon, and the symbol of grilled meat strings placed on the top of the roof as if always ready. ready to offer Yang the most delicious dishes in the sacrificial ceremony; Then there are the colorful stylized images of trees, mountains and forests that look so mysterious. In particular, the symbol of a pair of Cho Rao birds on top of the communal house caught our attention. Because the Ba Na people believe that birds are animals that mediate between gods and humans. If the God wants to convey something to humans, he will send a bird to report it, and if the villagers organize a festival or pray for anything, they will ask the bird to convey it to the God…

Coming to KonJori village without going to the river wharf is probably a big mistake. To the left of the communal house, there is a small road with a steep slope leading to the village’s water drop. From here, looking straight across the road there is a road leading to the river wharf. Every afternoon when you go to the river wharf, you will see images of people returning from work on tiny dugout boats. In their baskets there are always wild vegetables, bunches of bananas or some fresh bamboo shoots… The river wharf here is very bustling, besides the children waiting for their parents to come home from work and they also show off all sorts of acrobatic and playful tricks. sand, young women take the opportunity to bathe and wash… And we always see traders coming to the riverbank to wait to buy foods such as banana flowers, bananas, fresh bamboo shoots… to resell at the market the next day…

We just stood there watching the last dugout canoe return to the village. All canoes are tied together to a few poles, looking from afar like giant fans spreading out towards the river…, and they are all locked by their owners with tiny locks, mainly to keep them safe. drift if you encounter heavy water fall if there is rain upstream at night.

The sun had disappeared over the roof of the house. We had to say goodbye to this poetic, rustic and warm scene with regret because we were afraid we would return to the city late. When we return, we can call a motorbike taxi or taxi to pick us up, but this solution was not agreed upon because we were still in a state of tranquility and did not want to disrupt it, so we decided to walk back to the city together. 6km long paved road in bustling fun and laughter without mentioning whether or not they will be tired the next day. But one thing we know very well is that we have seen many interesting things about life around us.

Tuong Lam

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