Ninh Van stone carving profession

Autumn is the golden season in fog-covered Sapa Vietnam. Fall signals the coming of harvest days, the terraced fields suddenly change into a new, shiny golden color, standing out against the clear blue sky.

Ninh Van near Tam Coc Ninh Binh is a place where the famous traditional carving profession throughout the country is rising strongly and gradually asserting the brand “artificial stone village”. Here, almost every household has a person who follows the profession of chiseling, sharpening, grinding … stone. The profession not only contributes to making local workers have stable jobs and high incomes, but also affirms the position of the increasingly changing picture of the countryside.

Different from other famous stone villages, the unique feature of Ninh Van stone village near Tam Coc Ninh Binh is in the fine art stone products that are magnificently crafted on large works such as communal houses, pagodas, tombs, monuments, and reliefs. … According to the elderly in the village, in the past, this place was famous for making stone statues for the Citadel and temples in Hoa Lu, from the time of the Dinh kings (968 – 980), Tien Le 980 – 1009). The craft villagers also went to Thang Long, followed King Ly Thai To to establish a career, creating stone statues, citadels and pagodas from the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225) through the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400). .

Master craftsman Hoang Sung, originally from Thanh Hoa, is considered the grandfather of Ninh Van fine art stone carving. The name Ninh Van stone village near Tam Coc Ninh Binh is the common name of the two villages of Xuan Vu and the village of He. In particular, the village of He is the place where the profession of stone carving began, where there is also an epitaph in recognition of the profession, the anniversary of the death of the ancestors in the 8th month of the lunar calendar every year.

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