The Hanoitimes - Huong Canh pottery village in northern Vinh Phuc Province, which was locally famous for their products in the previous century, is nearly at the point of disappearing. The village, 40 kilometres south of Hanoi, is in Lo Cang Hamlet, Huong Canh Township. Elderly people in the village say the craft has a history of over 300 years and it was famous for several products, such as pottery pots, jars, and tea-sets. Consumers loved products from the village because of their durability and specific characteristics. “The soil here is very rich and good for the making of high quality products that is recognizable from the sound they make when clinked together,” said Nguyen Thanh, a local craftsman who has 70 years experience in making pottery products. Another reason the products here won popularity is that they help preserve quality and fragrance of tea and alcohol, Thanh said. The village was famous for its products during the 1950s and 1970s. However, the village … [Read more...] about Pottery village on the brink of vanishing – City Guide – My HaNoi
Village on the preserve
Over a century ago, while all his neighbors in what is now Ho Chi Minh City's Go Vap District were content being bonsai artisans, Tran Van Kinh chose to leave and learn bronze casting in the city's Chinese quarter. After mastering the craft, he returned home to set up his own business and taught the skill to his relatives and, later, to all neighbors and friends who were interested. Together, they founded the renowned An Hoi Bronze casting village, which at that time had hundreds of households specializing in making bronze artifacts, especially censers and candlesticks for worship. These were sold not only in the city and other provinces in the country but also to other countries including Cambodia, China and Myanmar. Today, while most of local craftsmen have closed their furnaces due to low supply of material and high taxes, and shifted to other, more profitable businesses, and even sold the lands where their furnaces were located because of the increase in land prices as a … [Read more...] about Bronze casting village on the endangered list
Coming to Co Thach to watch sparkling sea and blue sky … [Read more...] about When setting foot on Co Thach, the first destination is Hang pagoda whose pen-name is To Dinh Co Thach, located in a cave on the coastal hill. However, Co Thach pagoda does not have only a sanctuary like other pagodas but it also has tens of architectural works stretching along the beach such as: shrine of Buddha, ancestral temple and tower, and the statues of the Lord of Buddha Nirvana, Mitreya, and Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara on the hill. Surrounding the pagoda are big rocks with different shapes and many caves which is very intriguing and mysterious, penetrate deeply into the mountain. The pagoda still preserves many antiques like Dai Hong Chung (big bell), drum and numerous precious Han-Nom heritages, parallel sentences, horizontal lacquered boards, literary materials, etc.
With declining exports and domestic sales many traditional handicraft villages face the distinct possibility of disappearing. The noise of saws cutting and carving into timber has disappeared in Dong Ky wooden handicraft village in Bac Ninh province, replaced by an ominous silence. As more handicraft enterprises go bankrupt, most workers in the village face the none-too-pleasant prospect of unemployment. … [Read more...] about On the edge
(Cinet)- Vi and Giam singing, two folk singing styles of locals in Vietnam’s central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity on November 27, 2014 in Paris (France) was a gift for people on the North Central Coast of Vietnam. Vi and Giam folk songs are strongly attached to lifestyles and customs of Nghe Tinh people. They have a powerful vitality in contemporary life and have long been handed down, transmitted, preserved and promoted. Vi and Giam folk songs are an artistic medium for expressing the ideas and spirit of the Nghe Tinh people at the same reflecting truthfully changes in social life. Besides, Vi and Giam folk songs also contribute to educating traditional moral values including respect for parents, loyalty, care and devotion, call upon the people to oppose oppression and injustice. Joining in Vi and Giam folk singing is the opportunity to strengthen community coherence. Vi and Giam folk singing is the open … [Read more...] about Vi – Giam folk song: A treasured heritage on the North Central Coast of Vietnam