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
Kim bong carpentry village
Craftsman Huynh Ri, 74, from Kim Bong village in ancient Hoi An town, still makes wooden carvings, but his age limits his output. "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 craft, despite the enthusiasm, of thousands of tourists. Huynh Suong, 45, who inherits the trade from his father, Huynh Ri, employs 20 carvers and carpenters at his own workshop to produce 5,000 products each … [Read more...] about Kim Bong carpentry village needs to carve niche
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.
Nearly 60 per cent of handicraft villages around the country have been forced to cut back on their production because of the global financial crisis, according to a ministry official.Tran Chien Thang, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said while tourism in the villages had helped raise standards of living, many tour services were still woefully inadequate.About 20 per cent of the villages around the country face closure and another 20 per cent have gone bankrupt in recent months.Luu Duy Dan, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Association of Craft Villages, said the villages should improve infrastructure and environmental protection to attract more tourists.The country has 2,017 craft villages, creating jobs for 11 million people, according to the association.Most handicraft villages have not been able to take advantage of the tourism potential of their traditional cultures, ministry officials have said.Along with several cities and provinces, the central province of Quang … [Read more...] about Broke handicraft villages look to tourism to survive hard times
Kim Bong village carves itself into history (24-05-2009) Just across the river from Hoi An, a pair of dedicated carpenters are revitalising their traditional trade. Thanh Nga reports. Just a scenic 15 minute boat ride across the Thu Bon River from Hoi An Town, Kim Bong carpentry village is renowned for its wood carving and sculpture. According to traditional stories, Kim Bong in Cam Kim Commune was first settled in the 15th century by four soldiers of King Le Loi's army. The soldiers fell in love with the area and, thanks to their wood working skills, their descendants became Kim Bong's four most notable craft families: Huynh, Nguyen, Phan, and Truong. Artisans by these names can still be found in the village today. In the 17th century, Kim Bong carpenters proved their talent when they built a warship for the Spanish navy. Since then Kim Bong carpentry has developed. The village craftsmen were also responsible for most of the architectural details of the former Imperial capital, … [Read more...] about Kim Bong village carves itself into history