Apart from its great beaches and beautiful landscapes, Da Nang boasts the Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, which is a typical and unique craft village to the south of the city. Situated right at the foot of the Marble Mountains to the southeast of Da Nang City, far about 20 km from Hoi An Old Town, this craft village has a proud history covering more than 200 years. The founder of the village was artisan Huynh Ba Quat from Thanh Hoa province. In the late 18th century, he and others from his hometown brought their families to live in this village. Initially, the number of local people working stone carving is quite modest. In 19th century, the stone carving village became a traditional professional of the villagers. Products of the village today become exports which own high artistic values.
Visiting Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, tourists will not be able to resist the exquisite sculptures made from stone. Each work of art expresses the talent and sophistication of artisans. Tourists will comfortably contemplate a variety of product categories, from Buddha statues, human statues, statues of Vietnam celebrities to decorative household products such as ashtrays, toothpick canister, millstone; jewelry such as bracelets, rings, neck strap... All patterns are meticulously and extremely sophisticated carved. In addition, international tourists coming here admire the talent of sculpture artisans and their unique products. Particularly, the craft village owns many artworks which were exhibited in many countries all over the world, such as "Dang Xuan" currently on display in Sydney (Australia), "Flat palm hat with fringes (Non quai thao)" on display at Kiri amusement parks (United States), or "Layout (Bo cuc)" built in a national park (New Zealand)...
Previously, stones served production are mainly taken directly from Marble Mountains. However, to preserve and embellish the scenic spot, the main raw material was transferred to exploit from Nghe An province, Thanh Hoa province, Thai Nguyen province, Quang Ninh province, Quang Nam province, which is not related to the status quo of Marble Mountains. In addition, to maintain and develop their occupation, the Non Nuoc carvers are deeply aware of preserving their relic site and protecting their traditional skills. Apart from above northern regions, many precious stones are even imported from other countries. Materials used are varied such as limestone, marble, sandstones... White stone statues or statues mainly made from stone powder, molded and colored... have turned Non Nuoc stone carving village into a diverse and colorful painting. In particular, precious and rare natural stones with colorful beauty and unique patterns, such as opals, quartzes strongly lured international tourists.
Products of Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village not only widely consume within the country, but also penetrate many large markets worldwide. Quality, design and sophistication of products are thus increasingly high. Many businesspersons or tourists from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, France, Canada, Netherlands, United States... has signed a contract to purchase products at Non Nuoc stone carving village. That reaffirms the quality, aesthetic values and creativity of local people here. Currently, the stone carving village retains more than 300 production facilities with thousands of employees. These facilities is also located adjacent Marble Mountains, which is convenient for the display and sale of products, contributing to promote Vietnam culture and tourism in Da Nang to the public and international friends.
Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village is a “must see” tourist attraction during any visit to the beautiful seaside city. Tourists will have an opportunity to explore a local craft village and watch skilful carvers creating their beautiful sculptures. The nature has favorably bestowed here to create the perfect picture of the charming mountain and river. Not only visiting, immersing their own mind into nature, into a peaceful place to purify the soul, tourists also have a chance to admire artworks created by skillful hands of sculptors here. Thanks to artistic values and its unique products, Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village has contributed to turning Marble Mountains into an appealing tourist attraction to domestic and international tourists as well. Da Nang tourism thus increasingly confirms the potential and its own reputation.