Hanoi, Vietnam | Dong Ky Wood Carving Village
Wood Carving Village Dong Ky
Dong Ky, a historic wood carving village, is located around 25 kilometers from Hanoi in Dong Quang Commune, Tien Son District, Bac Ninh Province. Dong Ky was originally known for its January 4th fireworks display, according to the lunar calendar. Participants in this firework competition built massive cylinder crackers spanning 0.5 to 0.8 meters broad and 3 to 5 meters long out of countless little firecrackers. The crackers with the most little firecrackers won. The event is undoubtedly inspired by ancient religious practices that required thunder, lightning, and rain.
The festival, however, is no longer permitted because the use of fireworks is now prohibited throughout the country. People in Dong Ky hamlet now work in both private and state-run workshops to create hardwood furniture. The craftsmanship is superb, with massive pieces of ebony, iron, and lat wood furniture. Canary wood (Vang Tam wood) is utilized to create small, light pieces of furniture as well as patterned pieces. Tables, chairs, cupboards, and carved beds are the most popular items.
The beauty, quality, and complexity of the furniture produced by professional craftsmen's "golden hands" will wow visitors to Dong Ky. It would be a pity if tourists did not leave with some handcrafted furniture produced specifically for them.