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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Bac Ninh June 7th 2014

Saturday, 7 June 2014 - We rented a car with driver (about USD 60) and traveled to two craft villages near Hanoi. I wished to see these villages for a long time, but couldn't make my way until this day. Both villages are located 40km away from Hanoi but in opposite directions. We left Hanoi in the morning and traveled 40km to Đông Hồ painting village in Thuận Thành district, Bắc Ninh province. Our car went along a dyke road then the driver turned right and we went down to the market of Đông Hồ village. This village has a 400 year history of making folklore paintings. Most of the families in the village have given up making traditional paintings and changed to make offerings for the dead people (for example, fake money and other things ... read more
Tea pot and cups made from sea shells
Mr Sam & his painting shop in Đông Hồ village
"Village festival" painting in Đông Hồ village

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Bac Ninh March 5th 2009

Wednesday 4 March 2009 - Myself and a tourist rented a car and traveled 67km to a ceramic village in Bắc Ninh province. In northern Vietnam, there are some famous ceramic villages like Bát Tràng, Chu Đậu, Thổ Hà, Phù Lãng etc. Before the trip, I got great advice from Executive Manager of the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural Project about which village I should go, so I decided to choose Phù Lãng ceramic village for a new blog. We left Hanoi at 10am and arrived at Thủ Công village by Cầu river a couple of hours later. I really like the narrow alleys with brick houses and old roofing along the way, as well as green rice fields, dry wood and pottery products placed by the houses. We visited house of Mr. Cương, who is an ... read more
Alley at the village
Mr. Cương's house
Ceramic products at Mr. Cương's house

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Bac Ninh February 28th 2009

Đồng Kỵ furniture village is located in Từ Sơn district, Bắc Ninh province, over 20km from Hanoi. There are many furniture shops on both sides of the street, plus the mills to stock the timbers. Some furniture are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. We can find wooden chairs, tables, beds, wardrobes, Buddha statues as well as pearl inlay pictures at the shops. These products are for both local sale and overseas export. The photos in this blog were taken on Wednesday 4 March 2009 on my trip to 2 villages in Bắc Ninh province.... read more
Furniture shops at Đồng Kỵ
Wooden vases
Wooden chairs

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Bac Ninh February 23rd 2009

On my trip to Bắc Ninh province last week, I bought some Đông Hồ woodblock paintings. This is the most famous traditional painting style in northern Vietnam which has experienced 400-year history. The paintings are drawn on "Dó" (poonah) papers with coloring from pigments in half-baked bricks, tree leaves, ground coal, roots and resin. They reflect the aspirations of the people for peace, prosperity and happiness. The village that specializes in making these paintings is Đông Hồ village in Thuận Thành district, Bắc Ninh province, 40km from Hanoi. Previously, it was called "Mái" village. It's a beautiful village by the Đuống river which still preserves some cultural heritages of the Kinh Bắc area. Photos No. 7 - 12 in this blog were taken at the Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi on 30 January 2009 during our ... read more
Đông Hồ woodblock painting
Đông Hồ woodblock painting
Đông Hồ woodblock painting

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Bac Ninh February 17th 2009

Festivals take place throughout the year in Vietnam, however January to March according to our lunar calendar is the period when there are more festivals and traditional activities than other months. We call this time "the festive season". Right after we celebrate the lunar New Year, all the pagodas and temples are the popular destinations, as people want to pray for good luck and prosperity for their families in the new year. In northern Vietnam, the Perfume Pagoda (Chùa Hương) and Yên Tử mountain are the must-go places of pilgrimage for many people. As a result, it's always very crowded at these sites during the festive season. This year, on the 3rd day of the lunar new year, my sisters went to the Perfume Pagoda, but they couldn't get into the main cave (Động Hương Tích), ... read more
Dâu pagoda
Dâu pagoda
Dâu pagoda

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