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Excursion: Bá Dương Nội Village – Part 1

April 15, 2018

Kite Village Excursion


Bá Dương Nội village is a 1,000 year-old kite making village; generations have kept this tradition alive. The kites are made in the shapes of crescent moons or boats, attached to wooden flutes. The wind passes through the flutes making lovely soft melodies.  The village dates back to the 10th century Dinh dynast. Bá Dương Nội has a reputation as one of Vietnam’s major kite flying centres.

(to quote from VoV): “The elderly say once upon a time when heaven and earth were close, heaven’s fairies often came down to attend earth’s festivals. But one day, the heaven rose higher and higher. The fairies couldn’t come down. People on earth made kites as a way to restore contact with the heaven. People attached bamboo flutes to the kites to call the fairies to the earth’s festivals.”

We are delighted Mr Nguyễn Hữu Kiêm, President of the Hong Ha Kite Club has agreed to take time out of his busy schedule to host our visit to his house and run a workshop on how to make a small kite.

We made this visit for the first time last year and we hope it will become part of our annual calender. It is linked to the village’s annual kite festival that will happen end of April. We will visit the village again to attend their festival on Monday 30 April.

Meet: Outside of the Pan Pacific Hotel, on Yên Phụ Rd, at the corner of Thanh Niên Rd

Outline plan.

9am                  depart Pan Pacific

9.45am:            appx time arrive Hạ Mỗ, Hồng Thái commune, Đan Phượng district. Meet representatives from the People’s committee who will show us round their historic village including O Dien citadel and Tô Hiến Thành temple as well as other places of worship

12.45pm-1.15pm             lunch at the village – picnic lunch or at one of the noodle stalls

1.15pm             depart for Bá Dương Nội village

1.30pm:            approx. time – arrive at the home of Mr Nguyễn Hữu Kiêm

1.30pm- 3.30pm/4pm:     Flute Kite talk with Mr Kiêm. Learn about the history and traditions of the village kites, information on the annual festival and a chance to make your own kite (this is a small version – appx 50-60cm wide – of the village kites) and if the weather is breezy enough we can fly the kites we make!

4pmish              Depart and arrive back in Hanoi around 4.45pm

Meet:               Outside Pan Pacific Hotel, Yên Phụ Street, corner of Thanh Niên Street.  Arrive for 8.50am ready to depart by 9am

Arranged by:   Stella and Loan in association with Mr Kiêm, President of the Hong Ha kite club

Donation:        350,000 for adults and 175,000 for children. Includes material for kite making. Excludes refreshments/lunch

Limit:               20 people

Contact:          Stella Ciorra; stella@fvheritage.org (01662 979 605)
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April 15, 2018
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Stella Ciorra
Nguyen Phuong Loan