Copper casting

The Hue city copper casting guild lies along the southern bank of the Perfume river, between Da Vien bridge and Long Tho, some 3km southwest of the city center.

Under the Nguyen dynasty, the area was a bustling copper casting workplace responsible for providing essential goods to southern Vietnam and the Nguyen reign, including weapons, offering sets, and utensils. Today, five small, distinct communes (Giang Dinh, Giang Tien, Kinh Nhon, Ban Bo, and Truong Dong) in the area ply the craft.

Of these, Kinh Nhon and Ban Bo are the two largest and most reputed copper casting villages. The father of the craft was reportedly Nguyen Van Luong, who came from the northern province of Bac Ninh and who hand down the craft to the descendants of the Nguyen family. The 14th generation of the Nguyen family is still a part of copper casting.

The guild now has more than 60 casting furnaces anf around 150 workers. Products range from the funereal (urns, statues, caskets, ect), to household appliances (flower vases, pots, pans) and fine handicrafts.

The guild’s excellent artisans contributed to the imperial capital’s copper masterpieces like Dai Hong Mon at the Thien Mu pagoda, Cuu Vi Than Cong in front of the Hue city royal citadel, and especially the nine copper urns in Dai Noi that are considered an excellent work of art with 162 relief patterns. These are the striking achievements of Vietnam’s copper casting two centuries ago.

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