The last iron forger keeps the furnace’s flame burning on Hanoi’s old street

The last iron forger keeps the furnace’s flame burning on Hanoi’s old street

NDO – In the memories of many Hanoians’ generation, Lo Ren street in Hoan Kiem District houses many forging furnaces. However, as time has gone by, the flames have gradually gone out inside the furnaces, leaving only one manually forging furnace still in operation. In his workshop, which is just 4 meters squared, Nguyen Phuong Hung is the last blacksmith who has ceaselessly worked to keep the traditional craft of the old street alive. (10 hours ago)

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