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A 600 year old Kim Bong Carpentry Village

The Kim Bong wood handicraft was founded in 15th century. At the end of 16th century and the beginning of 17th century, this handicraft was flourished and well-known because of a thriving trading port Hoi An. The 18th century witnessed the formation of a carving wood village named Kim Bong Village, which specialized in three main categories: urban architecture construction wood, civil construction wood and shipbuilding wood. The craftsmen in this carving wood village were proud of their senior craftsmen, who used to be invited to build the royal tomb and citadel of Nguyen Kings. It is them who contributed to play an important part in forming the Vietnamese cultural and architectural values.

The handicraftsmen of Kim Bong inherited their carpentry skills from the North Vietnamese and were influenced by Cham, Chinese and Japanese cultures. Nowadays, the mark of Kim Bong Carpentry is clearly reflected through the architecture of ancient houses, ancient pagodas, Assembly Halls of Hoi An Ancient Towns. Kim Bong Carpentry Village is still kept intact its carving wood works on housing construction and ship building. Together with the development of tourism, many craftsmen of Kim Bong Village tend to make more carving wood handicrafts to satisfy the rising demand of tourists, especially foreign tourists. Their popular products can be known as wood statues and home furniture.

The fame of Kim Bong carving wood product do not stop in Hoi An only. It is also known in many parts of Vietnam country and even abroad. Tourists visiting Hoi An ancient town do not forget to spend a little time dropping in some wood stores to buy some wood statues and souvenir for beloveds.