Day tour visiting the beautiful but little visited Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Dau Pagoda and But Thap Pagoda. Stop to visit the workshops of Dong Ho where they make wooden printing blocks found in the monasteries of the region. Afterwards, visit Dong Ky and explore the wood craftsmen’s workshops. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch
The workshops of Dong Ho in Northern Vietnam are famous for their woodblock printed paintings. They are generally regarded as reflecting the traditional asthetic values of spring and the desire to have a happy, prosperous life. They often depict important animals in someone's life such as cats, dogs, pigs and cows. Common themes for Dong Ho paintings include good luck, folk allegories and even social commentary.
Dong Ky is one of the many craft villages and is known for its wooden furniture making. Their products are beautiful, often carved with scenes of flowers, mountains and people and inlaid with mother of pearl. The most common items made are beds, chairs, tables and cupboards. Legend has it that during the reign of the fourth Hung King, Cuong Cong, an inhabitant of Dong Ky put down a rebellion against the king by recruiting soldiers from his own village. To raise morale, he had a feast for his army and set off firecrackers to encourage them. From that day on he was worshipped by the villagers as a deity and they held a firecracker festival at the beginning of the first lunar month. However, this tradition is no longer part of the festival as setting off firecrackers has been outlawed nationwide in Vietnam.