Khuoi Ky stone village
Between these two tourist destinations Ban Gioc Waterfall and Nguom
Ngao Cave, in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang province,
Khuoi Ky village is famous for its stilt houses made of stone. The name
"stone village" and and the habit of worshiping stone in this border
region has attract visitors to come and explore this place.
Tay people in Trung Khanh worship stone for generations. Through many ups and downs of history, today in the minds of the Tay, "stone god" still attached and exist as firm concept. They considered that rock is source of life and is the center of the universe. People born from stone and at the end will be turned to stone. Stone in their minds is a deity divine help protect them from of tough nature. In customary law of each ethnic groups in Cao Bang lands there are certain days to conduct ceremonial like thank giving day for stone god and god of the forest. Through the ritual, they wish and pray for good things will come to their villages in the upcoming harvest time. This stone sacrificial practices also express a sense of community responsibility towards Mother Nature. Therefore, the Tay here has created stone stile houses - an image of durability, simplicity and unique.
It is about 2 km from Ban Gioc to Khuoi Ky village. Upon entering the village, you will immediately see the difference of Khuoi Ky village. Instead of cutting tree to make fence and build house as elsewhere, people here took advantage of natural stone to erect solid stone fence.
Currently there are 14 households in Khuoi Ky village and for conservation, rebuilding this village, Cao Bang authorities have to spend nearly three years of laying stone. Until 2010, "stone village" was completed with the unique architecture. The Ministry of Culture - Sports and Tourism recognized Khuoi Ky as a typical village of traditional culture of ethnic minorities.
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