SAPA ATTRACTIONS: NUNG AND TU SI HOUSES WITH TRADITIONAL BAKED CLAY ROOF TILES
The Nung and Tu Si houses with traditional baked clay roof tiles
These wood-frame houses have become very rare.
The roof tiles are made of clay, baked at high temperature in wood kilns buried in the ground. After 5 days of baking, the still hot tiles are sprinkled with water. Those that do not break will protect the houses for a century at least. This technique, known as "rakou" tends to disappear because the hundreds of kilos of wood necessary to bake the tiles are hard to find. King Hoang A Tuong’s palace in Bac Ha is covered in traditional clay tiles. Some can still be seen in the north of the Muong Khuong, Si Ma Cai and Bac Ha districts.
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