You might have noticed the little hole-in-the-wall shops cluttered around the Old Quarters, tended to by a single craftsmen, hunched and dedicatedly carving sophisticated designs on little wooden blocks. Wooden stamps, or historically, the art of seal making was borrowed from China and was used by kings and aristocrats during the feudal times in Vietnam. More than a 1000 years later, the art still lives, but has morphed into the common wooden stamps we know today, thus managing to stay relevant with the times.
While you can get a custom made stamp at any of these shops around town, what's more personalized than carving one yourself. Be it for your personal use or for a friend back home, you can recreate any of the wide array of designs available or bring one yourself. From hello kitty to a portrait of your loved one, the possibilities of creating your own stamp are limitless. The process while seeming sophisticated is actually quite simple once you get the hang of it. Our skilled host will take you through it step by step and make sure at the end of the experience, you have a wooden stamp made with your own hands.