THE CO TU ETHNIC VILLAGES – WHERE THE HEART OF MOUNTAINS AND FORESTS RESIDES
Located approximately 30 km away from the center of Da Nang, the Ta Gian and Gian Bi Villages, the villages of the Co Tu ethnic community, are the perfect intersection of mountainous nature and culture that attract many visitors yearly.
What makes Co Tu Villages so special?
1. Gươl House – the heart of the village
Within the Co Tu community, the Gươl house holds a position like the heart of their village. This revered space is dedicated to the worship of ancestral spirits and deities. Crafted in the traditional stilt house style, the Gươl house stands gracefully, supported by a central pillar and encircled by eight smaller columns. The balcony and walls of the house are adorned with intricate artistic carvings, masterfully etched by skilled artisans. These carvings vividly depict human forms, the natural world, and scenes of communal life in the distinctive style of the Co Tu people.
2. Immersing in nature
Nestled beneath the verdant forest canopy and kissed by the gentle sea breeze, the Co Tu community villages offer a serene haven. Here, you can harmonize with nature’s melodies while immersing yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Co Tu culture. With a spare day at hand, you can step into the shoes of the Co Tu people, partaking in their daily rhythms. Paddle a bamboo raft along the meandering Cu De River, gather fresh herbs, pluck tea leaves, or even try your hand at the art of fishing, all in sync with the community’s age-old traditions.
Yet, your journey within the Co Tu Village transcends the embrace of nature. It delves into the heart of their culinary heritage, where flavors burst into life. Relish the crisp allure of roasted bamboo rice, savor the essence of tradition with every sip of their cherished wine, and indulge in skewers of succulent grilled meat, all amid the tranquil embrace of the mountainous landscape. These engaging moments promise an immersive experience that awakens all of your senses.
When is the best time to visit the Co Tu Villages?
For a deep immersion in exploration and relaxation, the ideal time is the beginning of the year and the mid-autumn months. During these periods, visitors can partake in the local festivities that celebrate the new rice season. Beneath the Gươl house’s roof, the resonance of gongs and the traditional ‘Da Dá’ dance fill the air. You can join in the lively dance, illuminated by flickering flames, showcasing the rich cultural and ethnic beauty of the Co Tu community.
Some important notes when visiting the Co Tu Villages
Because this type of tourism blends ecology and culture, it’s important to protect and preserve the natural landscape. When you visit, please be mindful of conservation efforts and respect the local customs and traditions of the Co Tu community. Besides, your journey is also an opportunity to appreciate and contribute to preserving the beauty of the Co Tu ethnic community.
We hope these insights will provide you with a deeper understanding of the Co Tu Villages and help you plan your visit with ease. At Da Nang International Terminal, we are eagerly awaiting your arrival, ready to provide you with a warm and hospitable welcome. Let us be your gateway to an extraordinary journey filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories. See you soon!
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