Woodworking is a fine art highly valued throughout the ages, peaking during the imperial ages when Vietnam's seat of power resided in central region. Countless communities practiced the craft and churned out items after items for the elite.
The craft itself was also highly regarded as such and many came here to learn the craft as apprentices. the 15th-18th century was the golden age of these communities as not only was it used for aesthetic purposes but also in architecture, tools & shipbuilding. The latter was especially prominent in Hoi An as its busy ports regularly demanded these skills.
Here in Kim Bong woodworking village, you'll be able to see a little of its former glory as a number of craftsmen devote themselves to ensuring the legend lives on. The village's name comes from the Vietnamese kim (yellow) and bong (floating), supposedly after the jackfruit wood that sometimes floats on the Thu Bon River.
To deal with a marked decline of interest in the woodworking profession during the 20th century, the village successfully offered training and other incentives to young apprentices. Community-based tourism projects in Kim Bong has allowed more people to get in touch with and appreciate the craft, bringing in recognition and income for the village. You will also play a significant part in this by participating in a woodcarving workshop with a master and learn to create something amazing of your own!
Don't worry if you have never even touched a wood carving before, you'll be up and running in no time with help from your host where you will carve your own mango shaped tray/plate, a respectable and personalized souvenir to take home at the end of the workshop!