- A stamp-making class
- A translator
- A friendly and knowledgeable teacher
- Wi-Fi Internet
- Free parking on the premises
- Your own stamp to take home
Learn the beautiful traditional art of wooden stamp-making in the Old Quarter of Hanoi with a master craftsman who has been in the business for over 20 years.
Discover how stamp-making has become such an important business in the Old Quarter, and learn the history behind many of the stalls and shops that sell stamps here. Uncover how wooden stamp-making evolved from making seals in China and how this art has been practiced for over 1,000 years.
Choose your own design and follow the patient guidance of your teacher Hung who will help you to hone your wood carving skills, and then get to work making and printing your own designs.
You will start this class by meeting with Hung, a master craftsman who has worked in the Old Quarter making stamps for over 20 years. The Old Quarter in Hanoi is known for its hole-in-the-wall shops that are usually owned by a single craftsman or woman who will make wooden stamps to order, from name plates to official seals.
Stamp making first came to Vietnam over 1,000 years ago with the Chinese art of seal making that was adopted by local kings and queens. Over the years it evolved into wooden stamp making as a way to adapt to the modern world, and is still proudly used as an art form to this day.
The shops in the Old Quarter will gladly make a stamp for you, but if you really want a customised and personal design, then you need to head to this class to learn all about how to make one for yourself. You can make basically any design you want, and Hung will show you how to carve it as well as teaching you the essential skills needed for this type of handicraft. Don’t worry if it looks difficult, as Hung will be on hand to give you a step-by-step guide to the art of carving.
You will also get the chance to chat to Hung throughout the class and to learn a little about the lives of the stamp carvers in this part of Hanoi. As Hung is a university graduate who once studied fine arts, he can also give you a great insight into other forms of arts and crafts in Vietnam. As well as making your stamp, you will also get the chance to spend some time in the company of local Vietnamese as part of the class.
Once finished, you will have your own personal stamp to take home, to give as a gift or keep as a souvenir of your trip to Hanoi.
What to Bring
Participants are encouraged to plan their designs before coming to the class in order to save time
The class lasts for 2 hours and can be booked from 12 pm to 2 pm
No cancellations and no refunds