Craftsman Huynh Ri, 74, from Kim Bong village in ancient Hoi An town, still makes wooden carvings, but his age limits his output. Ri, who was recognised in 1984 as having the skills of 15th century wood carvers, worries that the village's traditional craft will disappear in the next few years because few young people wish to learn the craft. "I'm the 12th generation of craftsmen in my village, but young people prefer more profitable businesses. The craft takes three years to learn and then a couple of years practising," he said. "My son and I have trained about 100 local young people at five courses since 1997 with a 4,000 USD grant from UNESCO. They are now the main carpenters and carvers in the village." The village, situated on the banks of the Thu Bon river 10 minutes by boat from the ancient town, is a recognised tourist destination together with Thanh Ha pottery village and Ma Chau silk village in Hoi An town. However, poor promotion and marketing has limited the … [Read more...] about Kim Bong carpentry village needs to carve niche
Kim bong carpentry village
Artisans and their products like pottery and silk are being showcased at a Festival of Trade Villages that opened on March 25 in the central city of Da Nang. Among the best-known are Non Nuoc marble village and Cam Ne mat village in Da Nang, Bat Trang pottery village and Van Phuc silk village in Ha Noi, Phuoc Kieu bronze casting village in Quang Nam, Dong Ho painting village in Bac Ninh. Rattan and bamboo from the northern province of Ha Nam, brocade from the Central Highlands, and conical hats from Hue are also on display at the five-day festival. … [Read more...] about Da Nang festival shows off village handicrafts, artisans
Central Quang Nam province is developing its traditional craft villages to serve tourism, improving the living standards of their residents in the bargain. Tran Minh Ca, Deputy Chairman of the province People's Committee, said developing these villages is a priority for the tourism sector. Last January, the People's Committee launched a project to preserve and develop the province's many craft villages through 2020. To cost 661.5 billion VND (41 million USD), it will develop 43 villages that produce handicraft products and provide tourism services. Kim Bong carpentry village, Ma Chau silkworm breeding and silk village, and Phuoc Kieu bronze-casting village are among those earmarked to welcome tourists. The central province authorities have also encouraged investments in activities designed to promote the image of traditional craft villages. Dinh Hai, Director of the Department of Tourism, said Hoi An has optimum conditions for developing craft villages to serve tourism. The ancient … [Read more...] about Quang Nam develops craft villages for tourism
Boat trip to Kim Bong wood carving village Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang in HCMC An old couple watches Thu Bon River’s landscape in the mist on the way to Kim Bong village Drifting for over 30 minutes from a small port on Thu Bon River in Quang Nam Province, I started my discovery to Kim Bong wood carving village in Cam Kim Commune on the opposite side of Hoi An ancient town. The village is a popular sightseeing spot for tourists as it offers meticulous wooden products and sculptures. From the port, tourists will see a big banner of the village’s name leading to a small path under the shades of paper flowers and areca palm trees. They can smell fresh air as well as the fragrance of wood at numerous houses in the village. The village established its carpentry reputation in the 15th century by Northern people who came there to start up something different. The wood work in Kim Bong dramatically developed in the 18th century thanks to the prosperity of Hoi An port … [Read more...] about Boat trip to Kim Bong wood carving village
In the early 15th - 16th centuries, handicrafts were started by immigrants from the North settling in the South and vigorous development ensued in Quang Nam land. Passing the hundreds years of rising and falling, Quang Nam's handicraft villages still remains the tradition from father to son. In the brilliant past, the products of handicraft villages had not only served daily life but also were presented in international areas such as: Kim Bong Carpentry, Thanh Ha Pottery, Phuoc Kieu Pronze Casting, Ma Chau Silk Weaving ect. Together, they made up a significant part of Hoi An, farmerly the busiest port in the part like Hue, the ancient imperial capital of Vietnam. Thanh Ha Pottery Village. The source of Thanh Ha Pottery- making originally came from Thanh Ha province and formed at the end of the 15th century. After that it developed vigorously, along with Hoi An port in the centuries later. Thanh Ha pottery products are made from clay soil by very well- trained craftmen. The products … [Read more...] about Traditional handicraft village.