Today, at Hung Yen People’s Committee, Secoin Hung Yen was honored to be one of five prominent entreprises of Hung Yen province who was awarded the Certificate of Merits from Chairman of Hung Yen People’s Committee for having excellent achievements in production and business activities in 2016.
Morning of the 31st of May 2017, at the office/showroom of Secoin Corporation in Saigon, there was a visit and exchange between University of Wisconsin Milwaukee from the US and Secoin Corporation. This event is a part of the summer program of the students of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, organised by Torii Vietnam.
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s group consisted of 14 people, including 1 professor, 2 group leaders and 11 students.
During the exchange, Secoin has introduced to the students a brief information about Secoin, and the history of Secoin encaustic cement tiles and products which brought Secoin a high position on the international market.
Coming from the most developed country, the US students are very familiar to machine-made industrial products, but when they found out that the products made by Secoin are completely handmade, they were really surprised and amazed by the skilfulness of the tile artisans.
The exchange and visit took place very lively and received some enthusiastic responses from the whole group of students during the Questions and Answers section, directly answered by Mrs. Vo Thi Lien Huong – General Director of Secoin Corporation.
To finish the program, Secoin employees have performed for the guests from the far west the song “Hello Vietnam” as a sincere greeting. Hopefully, this trip will provide the students with useful practical knowledge, as well as interesting experiences and memories in Vietnam.
On a Sunday praying for a friend of us who passed away, we came to Giac Lam Pagoda, a historic Buddhist pagoda in Tan Binh district, Ho Chi Minh City. This pagoda was built in 1744. It is one of the oldest temples in the city. We were impressed by the ancient beauty of the pagoda.
With more than 25 years in the tile production, we naturally looked at the floor as our habit. So amazing, we found the ancient encaustic cement tile floor everywhere in the pagoda. The star pattern in black/white/grey! One of the best-selling patterns in Secoin’s encaustic cement tile factories these days. We could not imagine that this tile pattern was back in 1744.
Although the floor has become yellowish in some parts, it still reveals the timeless beauty. The pagoda has gone through a lot of renovation but the encaustic cement tile floor has been preserved as a precious part to tell the story of our culture and history.
The timeless beauty of encaustic cement tile floor at Giac Lam Pagoda
Nowadays, star patterns have been modified a little into different versions and with so many colorways. Below are only some of them in black and white (our favourite colors).
If you have a chance to visit Hochiminh City, Giac Lam Pagoda may be one of the places to visit for history and culture. Besides, you are welcome to visit Secoin showroom in Hochiminh city to discover over 500 master pieces of handcrafted encaustic cement tiles.
* The value of Vietnam encaustic cement tile history for over a century which has been carried out from father to son generations
* The value of cultural inspiration where Western elegance and Eastern mystery meets
* The value of stylish architecture where ancient and modern beauty comes together
* The value of golden hands of Vietnamese artisans who created remarkable handicraft masterpiece
* The value of know-how and passion from a Vietnam leading company who has devoted its heart and soul to cement tile industry
All these values have been captured to make Secoin encaustic cement tile a unique work of art which is appreciated worldwide
Think encaustic cement tiles – think Vietnam !
Encaustic cement tiles are made from Portland cement by hydraulic pressing machine.
At the end of 19th century, in Viviers – near the first Portland cement factories of France, cement tiles started to be produced. By the beginning of 20th century, cement tiles became popular in Europe and also the United States of America.
Back to history, Vietnam used to be a colony of the French. When the French came to Vietnam, they also brought the technique for cement tile production. Setting up a small factory for making cement tile was not complicated – just the hydraulic press and the rest could be done by hand. The Vietnamese people were so good at making things by hand, so it was absolutely not difficult for Vietnamese workers to make sophisticated patterns on encaustic cement tiles.
When encaustic cement tiles started to be made in Vietnam, they were considered high-grade material for flooring and were used in many constructions such as churches, villas,… Cement tiles gradually got a better marketplace in buildings and houses in Vietnam. It can be said that encaustic cement tiles had become the hallmark of Vietnamese architecture at the beginning of the 20th century.
Around the middle of the 20th century, in Sai Gon, there were a number of small household run production bases, mostly located right in the center of old Sai Gon. Since then, making encaustic cement tiles had become a tradition of Vietnam. Starting after the French but the Vietnamese could make it better thanks to all the social and cultural conditions.
A certain time after the liberization of the country, encaustic cement tile production in Vietnam was sharply falling. Cement tiles were considered very cheap tiles for the poors. Cement tiles were used in public places like schools, hospitals,… After that, ceramic tiles had come and taken the market. Many small production bases had been closed down. From the 80s to the 90s, Vietnamese tradition for encaustic cement tile was shrinking.
The new 21st century has marked the return of encaustic cement tile production in Vietnam. The economy of Vietnam has grown up with the development of big and professional manufacturers. Joining the encaustic cement tile production as late as 2006 but seeing the growing trend of encaustic cement tiles worldwide, being enchanted by the beauty of encaustic cement tiles, wishing to recover the tradition for encaustic cement tile production of Vietnam, having the ambition to incorporte latest technologies and know-hows into the cement tile production process – that make Secoin have a strong determination to bring a new life to Vietnam encaustic cement tiles.
Secoin is making its best efforts to bring Vietnam encaustic cement tiles to the world. We want the world to think of Vietnam as Number 1 country in making high quality encaustic cement tiles.
Think encaustic cement tiles – think Vietnam !
Find more about encaustic cement tiles at http://www.vietnamtile.com
Located in the downtown of Hochiminh City, close to the city’s main church Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Saigon Central Post Office is a place that attracts tourists from many countries. The building was constructed in the early 20thcentury when Vietnam was under French domination. The famous architect Gustave Eiffel designed a classical style contruction which was in great harmony with the surrounding area.
A famous tourist attraction in Saigon
One of the most impressive architectural heritages of the building is the timeless encaustic cement tile floor. These hand-made artistic tiles have contributed greatly to the traditional value of the building.