Photo du Jour: A Kaleidoscope of Incense – Hué, Vietnam

The roadside stands just outside of Vietnam’s former imperial city, Hué, overflow with bundles of incense. When viewed en masse, the harlequin sticks resemble a textured kaleidoscope; the smell of cinnamon and sandalwood blends wafting through the air is intoxicating. We purchased a small package of sandalwood incense that would make the overland journey with us to Laos. In a spirit house at the opening to a Laotian sacred cave, we set the well-travelled Vietnamese incense aglow.

 

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Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

8 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: A Kaleidoscope of Incense – Hué, Vietnam

    1. Andrew – thank you! SE Asia’s and North Africa’s vibrant marketplaces are so well-suited to this sort of set! I found these incense images rather reminiscent of the colorful Moroccan babouches (traditional slippers) too.

    1. I appreciate your comment, Marina! :) They offer such fantastic aromatherapy, too, particularly when the scent swirls in the outdoor air. After lighting the incense we climbed to the hill atop the cave entrance and were delighted to detect it wafting there.

    1. Cám ơn (thank you in Vietnamese), Sonali! I would’ve loved to have seen the incense sticks being made, but since we were en route to a particular destination, there wasn’t time. I had to ask our driver to pull over so I could snap a few images and I’m grateful he was patient, despite the incense bundles probably being mundane to him. :) Happy you dropped by!

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