Seven-hundred years after it was constructed, a sculpture continues to surprise visitors to Bảo Hà Temple in Bảo Hà Village, Đồng Minh Commune, Vĩnh Bảo District, the northern city of Hải Phòng.
A village that was once famous for making statues is now famous for making busts. These are statues of only people’s heads. A villager is able to make a perfect bust from looking at a photograph.
Bảo Hà Village in Đồng Minh Commune, Vĩnh Bảo District in Hải Phòng City, has been famous for the local craft of carving wooden statues for over 500 years. Local craftspeople have recently started also carving busts of people from portraits.
A group of farmers in Bảo Hà village in Hải Phòng have worked hard to maintain regular puppetry performances to preserve this century-long art in the village.