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Workshop/mini excursion: Bá Dương Nội Village (kite making) – POSTPONED

March 21, 2020 @ 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM



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, with wooden bamboo flutes attached. The wind passes through the flutes making lovely soft haunting melodies.  The village dates back to the 10th century Dinh dynasty and 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 this, our 4th workshop and visit, to the village where we learn how to make a miniature version of the village’s iconic kites.

This is now a regular feature in our calendar – the workshop takes place before we visit the village’s kite festival on the 15th day 3rd lunar month).

This is an afternoon activity where we make 1-2 small kites each. Feel free to bring additional items to decorate the kites such as light items to stick on your kite or colouring pencils. Mr Kiêm will also talk about the history of kite making in the village and the special flute kites. If there is enough wind we will try flying the kites we make.

Donation:   350,000 vnd per adult, 180,000 vnd per child under 15.   Includes kite making materials, workshop fee, talk and transport.

Maximum 16 people – please note the max number as we need to keep the workshop small to ensure its logistically manageable for Kiêm, including the available space. Therefore, if you know you definitely want to join please RSVP asap. If you register and then cannot come please inform us asap so that we can fill your place

12.30pm: Depart from Pan Pacific Hotel, on Yên Phụ Rd

appx 1.30pm : Arrive Bá Dương Nội village

1.30pm- 4pm: Flute Kite talk with Mr Kiêm. Learn about the history and traditions of the village kites, information on the annual festival and make your own kite (a small version – appx 50-60cm wide – of the village kites). If the weather is breezy enough we can fly the kites we make in the nearby field. Please be flexible in the return time

5.30pm: Arrive back in Hanoi ( Pan Pacific Hotel)

RSVP via this link before 11 March to Mai

Kiêm will talk in Vietnamese, Mai and Anh who are arranging this activity will translate

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March 21, 2020
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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