Driftwood space launches in Hoi An Ancient Town

The first ever wood recycle space – driftwood village’s studio – has been launched in Hoi An Ancient Town on the most favourite bicycle riding road connecting the Old Quarter and An Bang beach.

Driftwood Village, Hoi An's first wood recycle space, has been unveiled in the ancient Cam Ha Commune, situated on the much-loved bicycle route that connects the Old Quarter to An Bang Beach.

The founder of the studio, Lê Ngoc Thuan, has revealed that the space will serve as a hub for tourists who are keen to explore Hoi An's unique tourism offerings and meet the talented craftsmen of Kim Bong carpentry village.

This innovative centre is focused on transforming firewood and debris into stunning sculptures and interior decorations, which have been created from a collection of over 100 sculptures.

The sculptures were made using wood that had drifted onto Cua Dai Beach. Thuận proudly stated that these are the most exceptional sculptures selected from 400 firewood-recycled sculptures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The driftwood was transformed into cats, buffalo, and the Japanese Bridge – an iconic symbol of Hoi An – or Co Tu ethnic group designs, he added.

Each driftwood-made sculpture carries different stories under the skillful hands of the traditional carpenters of the 400-year-found Kim Bong Village.

Thuan, 42, who manages restaurants and bars along An Bang Beach in Hoi An City, said the Coco Casa Workshop also has a showroom featuring recycling firewood, debris sculpture and interior decorations.

He said the newly-launched Driftwood Village’s Studio would help train poor ethnic children in a mountainous area in Quang Nam to recycle products to serve tourism.

Tourists can book an experience of making reclaimed driftwood and debris themselves as souvenirs or decorations.

Hoi An – the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site – had been using straws, containers and souvenirs from bamboo and reeds and promoting the use of reusable bags and the 'Say No to Single-Use Plastics' campaign.

The ancient town and the Cham Islands World Biosphere Reserve in Quang Nam Province has been pivoting towards a green tourism strategy focusing on recycling, environmentally-friendly waste treatment, organic food, 'zero single-use plastics' and lower emissions.

Cre: bao quoc

Photo: Visit Hoi An

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