Located in Hong Thai Commune in the North of Kien Xuong District, Dong Xam Silver Village is widely famous for its silver processing which has existed since the 17th century. The fame of Dong Xam Silver is known not only in Vietnam, but also overseas. Silver handicrafts produced here are used in domestic market and exported to some foreign ones, such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Laos, Thailand, Netherlands, and Spain.
Differently, Dong Xam’s silver products are characterized by strange styles of cube and appearance as well as sophisticated and well-proportioned decorations under delicate and perfect skill. Till now, the skill and carefulness of Dong Xam artists have been able to satisfy the tastes of using silver carving products of many customers who are difficult and knowledgeable about silver carving art. Dong Xam artists always think high of “faithfulness” and “talent”. Therefore, they try their best to make their own products which are always genuine and carefully-made to keep maintaining their customers’ confidence.
Legend has it that 300 years ago, there was an artist named Nguyen Kim Lau, who had used his boat to travel downstream on Tra Ly River to earn his living. It was him who transferred his silver carving skills to local people in Dong Xuan village. Through the ups and downs, silver carving has been maintained and boomingly developed. After he died, Dong Xam Temple was built to appreciate his contributions to the village. Festival in the temple is yearly celebrated to mark the anniversary of the progenitor Kim Lau’s death.
Dong Xam Temple Festival is annually held from 1st to 3rd day of the 4th lunar month. The most fascinating program in the festival is boat-racing contest on river with the participation of youth men in the hamlet and neighboring communes. Also, some interesting traditional games and folk culture like ca tru and cheo singing are performed during the festival. Significantly, a great deal of beautiful silver carving products is displayed in the days of the festival. Tourists in Vietnam travel have wide ranges to pick some of them as souvenirs for beloveds.
It is highly expected that Dong Xam Silver Village will make a positive contribution into the implementation of provincial socio-economic targets and help Thai Binh Province to gain rapid advances on the stage of industrialization and modernization. In near future, Dong Xam will promise to become one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Thai Binh Province, promoting to the development of Vietnam tourism in general and of provincial tourism in particular.