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Sourthern Vietnam craft village builds massive ceramic dragon sculptures for Tet

Sourthern Vietnam craft village builds massive ceramic dragon sculptures for Tet

Friday, January 26, 2024, 15:55 GMT+7
Sourthern Vietnam craft village builds massive ceramic dragon sculptures for Tet
A ceramic dragon on Ba Sang Bridge leading to Tuong Binh Hiep Craft Village in Binh Duong Province, southern Vietnam, January 24, 2023. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre

The Internet in Vietnam is abuzz with praise for two magnificent clay dragon sculptures created by artisans from a craft village in southern Binh Duong Province in celebration of the upcoming 2024 Lunar New Year (Tet).

Flanking each side of Ba Sang Bridge on Ho Van Cong Street, a gateway to Tuong Binh Hiep Craft Village in Binh Duong’s Thu Dau Mot City, the dragons highlight the village’s rich heritage of crafting traditional ceramics and an ode to the upcoming Year of the Dragon.

The dragons’ heads are sculpted out of clay using traditional methods by artisans of the Tuong Binh Hiep Craft Village in Binh Duong Province, southern Vietnam, January 24, 2023. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre

The dragons' heads are meticulously sculpted from clay utilizing traditional methods by skilled artisans from the Tuong Binh Hiep Craft Village, located in Binh Duong Province, southern Vietnam, January 24, 2023. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre

While the bodies of the dragons have been fully completed, the artisans of Tuong Binh Hiep are currently engaged in the meticulous sculpting of the heads, whiskers, and tails with utmost precision.

The dragons’ bodies consist mostly of large earthen pots created by a local craft village of Binh Duong Province, southern Vietnam, January 24, 2023. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre

The dragons’ bodies consist mostly of large earthen pots created in a craft village of Binh Duong Province, southern Vietnam, January 24, 2023. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Minh Thuan, an artisan from Tuong Binh Hiep Craft Village, expressed his astonishment at the positive reception the ceramic dragons have garnered from Vietnamese netizens.

A local boy gazes excitedly at the ceramic dragons still under construction in Binh Duong Province, southern Vietnam, January 24, 2023. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre

A boy gazes excitedly at the ceramic dragons still under construction in Binh Duong Province, southern Vietnam, January 24, 2023. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre

According to Thuan, the artisans of Tuong Binh Hiep designed the dragons using clay in order to promote the craft of their hometown. 

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