Located on the ground of Cam Kim, Hoi An city, Quang Nam, Kim Bong Carpentry Village was built in the late 15th century. It takes about 10 minutes by ferry from Hoi An Old Town to the carpentry village. Just setting foot on this land, tourists will hear the sounds of chiseling, drilling and cutting resounding out from both sides of Thu Bon River. The sound has become an indispensable part of the life for many generations of the locals closely tying with wood here. The village has retained over 600 years old and been a trademark of Hoi An tourism on the woodwork with famous artists from Nguyen Dynasty’s Emperors.
Cam Kim is located in the right bank of Thu Bon River’s downstream. Hoi An was once a bustling trading port of Cochin, so the villages here such as Thanh Ha pottery, Kim Bong carpentry has had the opportunity to thrive. Situated on the waterfront location which is convenient for raft transport, shipbuilding and launching, Kim Bong Carpentry Village also offers its products under merchant ships to countries around the world. Therefore, the wood products such as furniture, cabinets, and statues of Buddha... in Kim Bong village have been ordered from domestic and foreign merchants so far.
As one of the traditional villages in Hoi An, East Kim Bong specializes shipbuilding; meanwhile, West Kim Bong concentrates wood carvings for introducing products having existed for decades. Notably, Hoi An Old Town is one of the proofs of a flourishing period as well as the talent and genius of Kim Bong carpentry village's craftsmen. Strongly influencing East-West acculturation, Kim Bong carpentry has kept itself the distinctive identities of glyph each while many carpentry villages in the north were affected by the feudal culture and dynasties in history. Each characteristic motif such as dragons, phoenix brings the power and the authority of each period.
The image of rustic gentle Kim Bong Carpentry Village but equally exquisite is surely the impression tourists can easily feel from the image of Hoi An Old Town as well as on other products. The decorative motifs on each pillar of works, images of flowers or leaves are the products made from skillful hands of Kim Bong craftsmen. In particular, along with Hoi An Old Town, the talent of Kim Bong carpenters are also recognized throughout the building history of Hue Citadel. At that time, when having chosen Hue as the capital, Nguyen Dynasty’s Emperors invited carpenters from the southern region to construct the citadel. They themselves are carpenters of Kim Bong and Van Ha, Quang Nam province.
A product of the village generated are both long time with the energy and enthusiasm. Each house or a piece of furniture bears the talent imprint of craftsmen. Going to Kim Bong carpentry village, tourists have a chance to visit the carpentry workshop and directly admire the sculptural features of talented artisans. Here, tourists also easily catch unique products such as the censer carved 1000 dragons thanks to images of bamboo which was shown off on the occasion of the 1000-year Thang Long in Hanoi or Japanese Covered Bridge Hoi An which has been intactly transferred... With its aesthetic beauty, Kim Bong Carpentry Village has long become one of the most impressive attractions in Hoi An alluring numerous tourists.
The biggest distinction of products in Kim Bong carpentry village compared to other traditional villages is the rustic feature. Even if having painted or polished, they are also gently implemented to retain the natural wood color. It is the water buffaloes, rustic wood pigs, bamboo-shape carved plates and young girls with her traditional long dress that attracts the interest of curious foreign tourists when having the opportunity to ascertain about Kim Bong carpentry. Kim Bong carpentry’s products today though have not sold or promoted anywhere, lovers of wood products still go to Kim Bong to order for an ancient house or a piece of furniture. Somewhere in Hoi An Ancient Town or Hue Citadel having quiet for years, it always seemly hides talent hands of Kim Bong carpenters here. Kim Bong Carpentry Village is worth a must-see tourist attraction in Hoi An to tourists in their journey of exploring Hoi An travel.