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Kim Bong Carpentry Village

Address: Cam Kim commune, Hoi An, Vietnam
Phone Number: +84 90 579 48 11
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Ranked #14 of 38 Attractions in Hoi An
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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White Plains, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Reached the village by ferry and got to see the shipbuilding. Also went to several wood shops including one for inlaid ivory works.

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Cẩm Kim C, Người quản lý at Kim Bong Carpentry Village, responded to this review

Happy Lunar New Year ! Year of the Goat Thank you for visiting Kim Bong Carpentry Village in Hoi An. We’d be grateful if you would review us on TripAdvisor. It’s the world’s largest travel site, helping millions of visitors every month plan the perfect trip. Our guests often tell us how helpful it is to read past guests' reviews... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I joined the Hoi An free tour for the trip to Kim Bong Carpentry Village. Its very interesting to know some basic process of making wooden boats. The local villagers showed me how they made rice noodle, and sleeping mat.

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Cẩm Kim C, Người quản lý at Kim Bong Carpentry Village, responded to this review

Happy Lunar New Year ! Year of the Goat Thank you for visiting Kim Bong Carpentry Village in Cam Kim, Hoi An - VietNam We’d be grateful if you would review us on TripAdvisor. It’s the world’s largest travel site, helping millions of visitors every month plan the perfect trip. Our guests often tell us how helpful it is to... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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35 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The boat ride to get there was nice. The village itself was ok. The boat building was interesting. The shops, however, mostly offer items not actually made by locals (which is odd).

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It was interesting to see a few carpenters at work, some inlaying shell into furniture, other building ships. It is a very small village and you can get through it very quickly

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Can walk around this village. Get the regular ferry. Locals pay 4000VND for a one way trip but a fair tourist price is 10000 each. The walk to the "eco farm" is only 15-20 mins so don't need transport. The route is past the carpentry shops, local market, homes and school, then the Eco-farm area and farmlands beyond. A lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

Very nice and interesting village on the little island. Perfect as part of the free tour. Really interesting to see how the boats are made and how the craftsmanship still lives on

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

How an item is created always intrigues me. It was an eye opener for me to visit this small island where young and old men worked individually or collectively to produce fine pieces of art. I'd seen many wooden furniture since I was a little girl and always wondered if they were carved by machines or hand. I was in... More 

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Penguin, Tasmania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I came to this village as part of a wonderful tour offered by Simply Vietnam Tours. It was a private tour which meant I had constant support to negotiate rough or slippery terrain and getting on and off the boat. The boat trip from Hoi An was beautiful. It was so lovely to see the town from the water. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This ancient woodworking heritage of this village was reportedly started by 4 soldiers (I don't remember from what clan) who were assigned to guard the area. Apparently one or more of them had some carpentry skills and managed to teach the locals how to carve. And the villagers picked it up from there. The soliders were probably reassigned somewhere else... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This was just a short visit for us on a whistle stop tour but it was nice to see the intricate carvings (with great detail) and cabinets that are made here. No modern machinery either, just basic hand tools and patience and skill. The variety of woods used are sourced locally and are lovely. Shame the things were too big... More 

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