Artisan makes Vietnams biggest traditional bronze drum

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Le Van Bay stands next to the bronze drum which he says to be the largest one of its kind in the world now

Artisan Le Vay Bay and 20 workers from a traditional bronze casting village in north Vietnam have removed from a mold what they say will be the world's largest bronze drum.

The drum was removed from the mold on September 27 in Che Dong Village in Thieu Trung Commune, Thieu Hoa District, Thanh Hoa Province. Che Dong is famous for it's bronze crafters. 

Work on the drum began early this month and Che Dong artisans casted it in a traditional way without using machines, with patterns decorated on its surface following those of the 2,500-year-old Ngoc Lu bronze drums, one of Vietnam's most ancient drums.

The drum, which is two meters high and weighs 8 tons with a surface diameter of 2.7 meters, will be put in front of the new National Assembly House of the capital city of Hanoi when it is finished.

"In a recent conference on bronze drum, some Vietnam prestigious cultural experts and historians such as Duong Trung Quoc and To Ngoc Thanh confirmed that the largest bronze drum in the world is now in China and its has a surface diameter of 1.8 meters. So in the meantime we can say this new bronze drum of Che Dong is the largest one in the world," said Bay.

Bay and his team are now working to polish the drum, which will take them around one month to finish.

In 2009, they finished the largest drum in South East Asia which has a diameter of 1.51 meters, surpassing the former one in Indonesia which has a diameter of 1.3 meters.

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