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Chang Son wooden houses

Chang Son carpentry village in Hanoi is well known for its wooden houses which are considered the pinnacle of construction for wooden architecture in Vietnam.
Located in Thach That district 30km west of Hanoi, the village has maintained a long-lasting wood-carving craft. Visiting Chang Son, we can hear the sound of chisels and a saw in any corner of the village. Skillful carpenters are busy carving wood at carpentry workshops.

We stopped at the workshop of Nguyen Giang who pioneered the restoration of the tradition of making wooden houses in Chang Son village. His first wooden house was made in 2004. For the past few years, he has made more than 20 Vietnamese traditional wooden houses around the country.

Patterns carved by the hands of Chang Son craftsmen. Photo: Tran Thanh Giang/VNP

Smoothing wooden columns. Photo: Tran Thanh Giang/VNP

Carving patterns on a door. Photo: Tran Thanh Giang/VNP

Architect Nguyen Giang has successfully restored the making of wooden houses. Photo: Tran Thanh Giang/VNP

Customers visit the workshop. Photo: Tran Thanh Giang/VNP

A wooden house designed and made by Nguyen Giang in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nguyen Giang

According to Giang, to make a wooden house, Chang Son carpenters first have to figure out the dimensions of the house. Iron-wood, chinaberry wood and apitong wood are used to make the houses. After selecting the wood materials, the carpenters process the raw components and carve patterns on the components.

A Chang Son wooden house is always built on a floor with five apartments and one pyramid shaped roof. The frame of the house consists of trusses in the shape of a cuboid.

Besides the traditional structure, wooden houses are designed to meet the demand of modern life such as having room for an air conditioner, a television and refrigerator.

Chang Son wooden houses have contributed to restoring and preserving Vietnamese cultural value in modern life.

Columns, trusses and patterns are finished by Chang Son craftsmen. Photo: Nguyen Giang

Delicate patterns carved by Chang Son craftsmen. Photo: Nguyen Giang

Inside a wooden house in Cu Chi district. Photo: Nguyen Giang

Story: Ngan Ha - Photos: Tran Thanh Giang, Nguyen Giang and Files