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Kim Bong Carpentry Village

Attraction Cam Kim commune, Hoi An, Vietnam Published on: 17-06-2016

Rating

Time to visit

3 hours

Opening hours

06:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Should visit at

08:00 AM

Should leave before

11:00 AM

Good for travellers

Second-time visit

Category

Attraction
Family
Island
Nature
Outdoor
Kids
Free

Price range

0.00 USD

Kim Bong Carpentry Village is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Kim Bong village is a woodworking town across the Thu Bon river from Hoi An, Vietnam. It offers quality woodwork products to tourists

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Why Kim Bong Carpentry Village is special ?

Since the 16th century, the village which originated in the north of Vietnam, has had its artisans work on furniture and houses across the country, from prominent buildings in Hanoi to Hue citadel and royal tombs or most of the architectural projects in Hoi An’s heyday.


Since the 16th century, the village which originated in the north of Vietnam, has had its artisans work on furniture and houses across the country, from prominent buildings in Hanoi to Hue citadel and royal tombs or most of the architectural projects in Hoi An’s heyday. The style of Kim Bong Carpentry is said to be the excellent combination of Cham kingdom, China, Japanese... and of course the talented hands of Vietnamese craftmen.


For many years, Kim Bong village has developed vigorously and formed 3 groups of artisans: ancient architectural construction, civil wooden furniture and shipbuilding. Whichever the group they are in, Kim Bong's craftsmen still keep their traditional manner of starting out as apprentices and earning the rank of master through years of hard work.


Source: vietnamonline.com

What to explore at Kim Bong Carpentry Village?

Exploring Kim Bong Village

Kim Bong's handiwork is available to Hoi An visitors, who can walk up and down the village's two main streets to shop for fine woodwork to take home. About eight percent of Hoi An visitors eventually make their way to Kim Bong, by either hiring boat rides from Bach Dang Street in Hanoi's old town or as part of a package tour that stops by the My Son Holy Land.Entering Kim Bong village itself is free. The part of the village you'll see is distributed down two parallel streets, with low open-fronted buildings, their doors flanked with each household's finest artworks.The shops offer wares of varying quality, with the finer handiwork coming from the Huynh Ri shop, which happens to be one of the biggest shops in the village. The shop's namesake Huynh Ri is responsible for Kim Bong's recent renaissance, as he and his son Huynh Suong helped train a new generation of woodcarvers for the betterment of the village craft. As of 2008, Kim Bong village now has about 200 woodworkers and eighteen different independent shops.

Souvenirs range from coasters and knick-knacks worth only a few dollars apiece, to large sculptures going for hundreds or thousands of dollars. The large pieces in Kim Bong seem to be religious statuary, although the locals' artistic range is quite wide; this Bruce Lee sculpture is your guide's personal favorite.Half-day bicycle tours of Kim Bong village may also be booked from Hoi An; visitors can rent bikes to travel down Kim Bong's newly built bicycle trail, allowing them to see the masters at work on their craft.

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How to get to Kim Bong Carpentry Village?

A boat trip from the Old Town of Hoi An (which can be found at Bach Dang Street) is a common way for tourists to come to Kim Bong Village. As well, the place can also serve as a stopover from a trip to the My Son Holy Land. There’s no entrance fee to the village.

You can take free tour with local students to visit Kim Bong Village

Selling points

  • “A place to enjoy the real peace of nature”
  • “Stunning Craftmanship”
  • “Just a short step away”
  • “Amazing wood carving”
  • “Old world methods”
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
168.20 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
13 places

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Cam Kim commune, Hoi An, Vietnam

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, just on the other side of Hoi An river. Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit Thanh Ha & Kim Bong handicraft Villages. It is very convenient for tourists to visit and collect souvenir

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Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit Thanh Ha & Kim Bong handicraft Villages. It is very convenient for tourists to visit and collect souvenirs

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for around $5 per hour we went on a river boat for 2 hours around Cam Nam island (just the 2 of us) Tien was very informative. took us to a wood craft place set up by UNESCO no forced sell here just nice artisan people.

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We love Hoi An - the beach, the markets, the food but we were looking for a different diversion. The boat trip down to the Carpentry Village and then the casual saunter around the various manufacturers was a great experience. The kids enjoyed the wander and the places were a great place for photographs. Enjoyable.

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Very interesting to talk with the artisans with our guide's help.Everything from boats to furniture!

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for around $5 per hour we went on a river boat for 2 hours around Cam Nam island (just the 2 of us) Tien was very informative. took us to a wood craft place set up by UNESCO no forced sell here just nice artisan people.

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Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit Thanh Ha & Kim Bong handicraft Villages. It is very convenient for tourists to visit and collect souvenirs

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