Rock Salt Well

By: Dawn SRV

Mar 25 2014

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Category: For the love of the river

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There is a district in Nan Province called Bo Kluea, meaning salt well. The name has come from ancient rock salt well in the district, which is still producing rock salt until now. The well itself is considered sacred because it’s a source of income for the whole community. Each household can pail up water from this well and boil it until it evaporates. Then the salt crystallized.
The process is all that simple. What may surprise visitors is probably simplicity and way of life in the village. The day we were there, we called out loud to attract attention from the host. But no one seemed to be there. Water was still boiling on the fire and plenty of salt stocked in the store. We felt as if we could rob the whole quantity of their hard work without being stopped by anyone. This demonstrates honesty among villagers.
Instead of touching any of the items at all, we just looked around, took as many photos as we like and left.
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