Phuoc Kieu Bronze Casting Village – Quang Nam

Phuoc Kieu Bronze Casting Village is located in Dien Phuong Commune, Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province. Phuoc Kieu village has been famous since hundreds of year in traditional craft of casting gongs and bronze products.

Although there are many kind of lurns and artworks for interior decoration which made from bronze being sold over Phuoc Kieu Bronze Casting Village, however, most of them were produced in other provinces. The only original product which made Phuoc Kieu village famous in the country is gong – an important and necessary musical instrument to perform in holy ceremonies or cultural events of the ethnic minority peoples in mountainous areas and Central Highlands of Vietnam.

Historical documents showed that Phuoc village was built on a 6ha land area in the time of the Nguyen Dynasty. People’s life and occupation based mainly on bronze casting craft. On the Great bell being kept at old man Duong Nhi’s house (Dong Kieu hamlet) engraved the time to cast this bell was 1820 (under King Minh Mang reign) and sentences to praise the excellent bronze casting talent of Phuoc Kieu’s artists.

Under King Tu Duc reign, many talented casting workers of Phuoc Kieu village were invited to Hue imperial capital to cast coins, decorative artworks and household articles for royal family.

The hand-made industry has changed little from the original production of centuries past, with craftsmen now using mechanical equipment and tools to speed up mass production.

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