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Excursion/Workshop: Chùa Trăm Gian and Chàng Sơn village fan decorating workshop

October 4 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


2 part excursion. The morning – Chùa Trăm Gian, Tiên Phương, Chương Mỹ district and afternoon – fan decorating workshop

Thay Thạch Thất District, Hanoi is home to a dozen craft villages, including the fan making vocation dating back hundreds years . Chàng Sơn fans were first exhibited in Paris in the 19th century and have been famous for their diverse patterns, designs and types as well as the master artisans nurturing one of the aged-old handicraft vocations.

In this excursion, Mr Dương Văn Đoàn, son of the late master artisan Mr Dương Văn Mơ (who made our blue FVH fans fifteen years ago) will talk about the family traditional profession, his special fan collection and then guide us on decorating our own paper fans with paint, ink etc. Create any design you like – abstract, landscape, patterns, black and white, bright colours…..

The afternoon workshop follows a morning session visiting the centuries old lovely Trăm Gian pagoda, situated in pine forests in the area of Chương Mỹ.  This pagoda complex has a fascinating history and wonderful architectural features. And not touristy so its a very local experience.


  1. We are going to make and decorate a one-sided paper fan and decorate it with colours; brushes and paint provided by the artisan. However, you are also welcome to bring along your own decorative materials if you wish.
  2. Please dress respectfully for when we visit the Pagoda – note we take our shoes off when entering the main hall
  3. Lunch and drinks at a local restaurant serving noodle soup and fried-rice is an extra cost or you can bring your own packed lunch.
  4. Maximum 23 spaces available. Detailed programme and joining instructions will be sent to those who successfully RSVP.   We will have a waiting list if the  tour becomes full

At the time of publishing our calender the excursion is fine to take place.  But NB in case the Covid-19 situation gets worse at any time we may need to postpone our event at short notice. We will keep you informed as soon as possible if there is any change. Please  however RSVP as usual and we will keep you updated if anything changes. [We will run this excursion again on 8 November as part of the nationwide Vietnam Festival of Creativity and Design which will be open to the whole community not just FVH]

Arranged and led by Phuong Anh

Registration via this link before 25 October: https://forms.gle/NSBKaZpm1xrZk4mr5

380,000 vnd pp – includes 29 seater mini bus, artisan fee and fan making materials (lunch, refreshments and other expenses are a personal cost)

Vietnamese with English interpretation

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October 4
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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