Hoi An Lantern Making Village in Hoi An Ancient Town, Quang Nam Province is one of the most famous traditional craft villages in Central Vietnam. Hoi An Lantern Making Village have taken form and develop for hundreds of years. Nowadays, the craft of making lantern can be thought to be the mean craft of Hoi An people, offering jobs for hundreds of local workers and contributing in spreading traditional lantern’s image to domestic and foreign consumers. There are over 10 establishments producing traditional lanterns providing for the local and foreign large markets. The biggest establishment here is named Đèn Lồng Tết (English: Tet Lantern) located at the center of Hoi An Ancient Town.
The lantern products are wonderful artistic works. They are made from silk and bamboo, and entirely designed and produced by hand. There are many kinds of lanterns with different shapes, sizes, and colors. The most popular shapes are the shapes of ball and garlic. The most popular colors are white, blue, red and yellow. Their meaning is usually forward good luck and prosperity in the next year.
To make a beautiful and long used lantern, the crafters here have to be careful and clever in all stages from choosing bamboo, sharpening stick, dyeing silk to making fringe to decorate a lantern livelier. Hoi An Lantern is not only a thing to decorate but also a symbol of the Lunar New Year day beside apricot branches, peaches branches. Looking at lanterns, apricot flowers, and peach flowers, people know a new year is coming.
In the present, tourism develops strongly in Hoi An, so Hoi An Lantern becomes a souvenir of the character of Hoi An Ancient Town. Very tourists come to the lantern establishments to see the lantern making stages with their own eyes. Hoi An Lantern Making Village is one of the most famous traditional craft villages in Central Vietnam. If you have a chance to travel to Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, do not forget to Visit this special craft village.