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 the12th 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 US$4,000 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 year. … [Read more...] about Kim Bong carpentry village to become a tourist attraction
Formed in the 15th century by Vietnamese from the Northern Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces after they settled in Cam Kim- Hoi An. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Kim Bong carpentry just only started to develop due to the thriving of Hoi An port. In the 18thcentury, carpentry developed vigorously and the occupational village was established with three groups: Ancient architectural sonstruction, civil wooden furnitrure and shipbuilding With the repution of Kim Bong carpentry, there were many carpenters organized by the King of the Nguyen dynasty in order to built Hue capital. Among them ware awarded the nine and eight grades of mandarin positions, chief of wooden statue position etc., Particularly, Hoi An has much architecture construction and many sculpture products built by skillful carpenters ans still valuable today. Besides that, Kim Bong carpentry has built always big trade ships helping to exchange easily transport goods everywhere Its location is in the … [Read more...] about Kim Bong Carpentry Village.
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s First Mrs World Doan Thi Kim Hong on August 7 flew to the US to work as a jury member of the Mrs. America 2013 due to take place from August 18-28. “This is an opportunity for me to exchange and learn experience from a prestigious pageant which has been held for the past 40 years,” said Hong. “It is also a very good chance to promote Vietnam’s culture, history, people and landscape to Americans through television channels and other popular media.” Hong brings with her Ao Dai (traditional long Vietnamese dresses), handmade fans, cyclo models, lacquer paintings, and CDs introducing the 2013 Miss Ethnic Vietnam pageant. The Mrs. America pageant aims to honour the physical beauty, talent and intelligence of successful women who have made a great contribution to society. Contestants come from 51 states of the US. Hong judged the Mrs. America pageant 2011 in Virginia. Source: VOV … [Read more...] about Kim Hong to judge Mrs. America 2013
Peddle to the floor: South Korea are dominating the International Women's Cycling Tournament after five stages but Cao Thi Thuy Trang of Binh Duong Water Supply-Drainage and Environment (right) won the fifth stage yesterday. — VNS Photo Hai Van HA NOI (VNS)— South Korean cyclists successfully maintained their lead positions to win titles in the fifth stage of the International Women's Cycling Tournament yesterday. Kim Youri has ensured the green jersey for herself with 60 points as there is only one stage left. She left runner-up teammate Namkung Soyoung far behind with 47 points. Kim also kept the yellow jersey after five stages with a time of 10hr 1.29min, although she was not in the top three yesterday. The fifth stage saw Cao Thi Thuy Trang from Binh Duong Water Supply-Drainage and Environment finish first with a time of 2:56.01 on a distance of 110km from Tra Vinh City to Can Tho City. Korean Kim Sola came second, followed by Nguyen Thi Thi of Vinh Binh Rice-An … [Read more...] about Kim continues to dominate tour
In spite of the short distance from Bat Trang pottery village to Kim Lan pottery village, only a few people know of the ancient pottery village. Going to Kim Lan pottery village in Kim Lan commune, Gia Lam district, Hanoi, you will clearly feel the rustic and traditionally idyllic village in the Red River delta. … [Read more...] about Uniqueness of Kim Lan pottery village