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Located on the southern bank of the Red River, 35 km from Hanoi, Dong Ho folk painting village in Bac Ninh province is the cradle of wood carving and poonah paper paintings. Dong Ho folk paintings are famous both inside and outside Vietnam.
Dong Ho village, also known as Mai village, is very small with no more than 200 households. Their main income comes from painting. Dong Ho paintings are lively description of the beauty of the countryside and traditional customs and festivals.
Since the 16th century, the making process of Dong Ho painting has been done manually, from making papers to woodcut printing. The craft particularly flourished from the late 18th century to 1944, during which all the 17 clans of the village made folk paintings. The market for Dong Ho folk paintings is particularly busy during the 12th lunar month, especially on market days on the 6th, 11th, 16th, 21st and 26th day of the month. People in Dong Ho village have a saying: “Wherever you are, remember to return to the village in the 12th lunar month to trade paintings”.