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Kim Bong Carpentry Village

Cam Kim commune, Hoi An, Vietnam
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Ranked #17 of 32 Attractions in Hoi An
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

A lot of hard work goes into all of those handicrafts. You think it is done by machine in the shops but you see it is all hammer and chisel!

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Exeter
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

went with my cycle explore Various visits made on Kim Bong Enjoyed looking at the wood and some nice things to buy

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Sarnia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This small village had lots to offer, from ship building to woodworking and inlaid woodworking. It would be easy to get there on your own by taking the ferry across.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

great job! they are so eager to do nice souvenir woods. carpenters are very friendly and show us lots of nice and cute arts. not waste time to come here!

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Diemen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Interesting to see and meet the locals, who are able to build shops with simpele tooling and a lot of craftmanship. A nice breakaway from the standard touristic spots.

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Eumundi, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I purchased a couple of tables from Kim Bong Carpentry last year when I travelled to Hoi An and had them and a few other items sent back to Australia by sea freight. I absolutely love their work and in no way am I having a go at this business. Be very aware that Australian customs will require additional fumigation... More 

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Eaglescliffe
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

While the visit was interesting I wouldn't make a special visit to the village. There are a number of workshops producing carvings but they are all very similar

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

It's located on an island, so we took a boat to Kim Bong Village. It costed 15 usd for private boat. Boat trip was great as we could see local life of the town along the river. The Thu Bon river is clean and peaceful, offering us great relaxing moments. The quiet and peaceful village offers us chance to see... More 

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