The history of the traditional wooden carpentry village

Kim Bong Village, formerly known by the people as Kim Bong Chau. Currently, a large part of Cam Kim commune in Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, where the famous Kim Bong carpentry workshop was built.

The village is located on the right bank downstream Thu Bon River flows through Hoi An before flowing into the sea. From the village to the other side of the river is the old town of Hoi An. This is considered an extremely convenient location, not far from the center of the city, but also easy to transport – transportation of materials by road and waterway to develop the industry.

Kim Bong Village

Kim Bong Village – the place where produced famous handicraft carpentry

Historical development of traditional carpentry

Ancestors of the Kim Bong Carpentry, which originates from all parts of the North Delta and North Central Vietnam, especially in Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces. From the 15th century, it was added and developed in the 16th and 17th centuries.

In the beginning, the local people started their careers from traditional bamboo houses and cottages; Later developed more to the usual wooden frame houses. Luckily, in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Hoi An enjoyed many advantages, quickly becoming prosperous and becoming one a major foreign trade port in the area of ​​Dang Trong – Vietnam.

Carpentry with a long history of tradition

Carpentry with a long history of tradition

Thanks to the continuous development and urbanization, it has led to the division and division of labor in Hoi An. The traditional handicraft industry is increasingly developed to meet all the needs of living and trading here.

Some industries were developed at that time: Kim Bong carpentry, Thanh Ha pottery, Thanh Chau oats, etc. Kim Bong carpentry has had the opportunity to reach out and develop strongly in order to serve the needs of building architectural works of the city, religion and belief, used as household furniture and boat building. Many shops serve the daily needs of people are very popular.

The outstanding contribution of the village to the development of Hoi An

Despite having many generations of carpenters, Kim Bong Carpentry Village is constantly innovating, making new products that contribute to the beauty of the famous historical sites such as Hoi An ancient town; The monuments in Da Nang, Hue and Saigon, …

The products of the Kim Bong carpentry village from the past to present not only in all provinces in the country but also beyond the ocean in the merchant boat of the traders in the country.

But the most obvious development is through the old town of Hoi An. This reflects the full depth of the traditional Kim Bong Hoi. Currently, the ancient town of Hoi An is an ancient architectural complex whose constituent units are the old houses dating from more than hundred years ago to more than three hundred years.

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Kim Bong Carpentry Village

Kim Bong Carpentry Village has always been known for its traditional craft

Making the ancient beauty of Hoi An ancient town is the beauty of architecture. However, the beautiful architecture of Hoi An is because it is placed on a decorative art, wood carving harmony and extremely skilled. The beauty of Hoi An’s ancient sculpture architecture is preserved and preserved by the size and material of its composition.

Fine carvings of national character. It is difficult to say everything about the wood carving of Kim Bong with its own features, traditional features. It is impossible to tell all that the workers at Kim Bong contribute to the works in the local.

Today, Kim Bong has the title of craftsman for some skilled carpenter in the village. In the alleys of nearly 1000 rooftops of this famous carpenter village still quietly take place its activities. Especially, this place, seafaring boat with capacity of 10 tons to 20 tons for customers from Quang Nam – Da Nang to Binh Thuan quite developed. In addition, the Kim Bong workers also actively contribute a part of their efforts in the protection, restoration and restoration of  Hoi An ancient city.

Kim Bong carpentry village is also preserved and handed down

Kim Bong carpentry village is also preserved and handed down

In general as well as many other traditional villages in the country, Kim Bong carpentry village is also preserved and handed down technology, in addition to continue to produce products with the new code, to provide Consumer demand as well as the trade at the trading port of Hoi An. As can be seen, the contribution of Kim Bong carpentry to the development of urban – commercial port in Hoi An is very large.

Hopefully in the future with the policies of opening up and with the market mechanism, Kim Bong carpentry will receive more attention from, recovering and developing traditional craft villages in Vietnam in general and in Quang Nam in particular.

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