A visit to Bat Trang Pottery Village
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When traveling around Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, visitors will not waste much time before they can pick up a place to chill out.
Strolling around Hoan Kiem Lake, getting treated in roadside eateries, go exploring the Old Quarter, or sipping a cup of coffee at some rooftop bars are not a bad idea to make fun-filled days in the city center.
But if you are looking for a place to delve into the country’s tradition, you should not miss day trips from Hanoi to Bat Trang Pottery Village, one of the most well-known handicraft villages in Vietnam. You will be able to get involved in the making of ceramic products with local craftsmen and leave with a deeper understanding of the local culture.
A long-standing handicraft village
Bat Trang Pottery Village, situated in the south-east of Hanoi, Gia Lam District has had gained its fame for a long history of development. The traditional techniques are handed down from generations to generations. As noted in several historic documents, the village was established during 14th or so. There are many legends and stories associated with its origin. But it is widely believed that when Ly Cong Uan returned to Thang Long, craftsmen from near and far also came here to make their living. They discovered that there was an ample source of white clay and started to build kilns to make porcelain products out of white clay. Gradually, the village has emerged as a famous ceramic village, providing high-quality products both outside and inside the country. For its traditional and cultural values, Bat Trang ceramic village has been high on travelers’ bucket list of Hanoi day trips.
Shopping around for ceramic products (Source: Internet)
The village was first named after Bach Thu Guild then changed into Bat Trang, meaning a guild of bowls and kilns. About 13km from the central city, it is accessible by bus (bus number 47 Long Bien-Bat Trang) or by a motorbike ride (if you’re steady enough to ride through crowded roads in Hanoi).
Buffalo tours around the pottery village
Sightseeing the craft village on a buffalo-drawn cart (Source: Internet)
The village is not simply a place of making ceramic wares but it is a tourist attraction that those who are interested in the process of handmade pottery products can play with clay and mold. It is not a surprise to take a trishaw ride along the Old Quarter or hire a motorbike to get around the suburbs of Hanoi. But is it strange to sit on a buffalo-drawn vehicle while sightseeing in Bat Trang Pottery Village? A buffalo tour is among unforgettable experiences to try when you make your way to the village. You couldn’t find such awe-inspiring deals anywhere else, so don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime. The renting ranges from 150,000 to 200,000 VND. It’s advisable to settle on the price before getting on and try to make some bargains to get best deals.
Being a local artisan
Making a ceramic product by yourself is a must-do thing to experience best parts of a trip to Bat Trang ceramic village. You are expected to pay about 10,000 VND to spruce up with clay. This pretty cheap cost is in return for a huge value, hands-on experiences in the making process of pottery. You don’t need to be skillful as local craftsmen always show you through a step-to-step guide, to begin with. All you need is a bit of creativity and curiosity. After a few hours of indulgently creating and carving your own products, you can take this achievement home as meaningful gifts for your friends and family.
Visitors are busy with their self-made pottery (Source: Internet)
After having exciting moments of making pottery wares, you can linger for a while at the pottery markets where display a wide variety of choices, ranging from cups, paints, bracelets and eye-catching accessories. As an outstanding bonus of the trip, you can take home these ceramic products at cheaper costs compared with other places.
At the end of the trip, you have to bid a farewell to smiley-faced local crafters to go on other Hanoi day tours. But haunting experiences such as buffalo tours for sightseeing, hands-on workshops for learning the ceramic making or open-air markets for shopping pottery wares will never say goodbye to your mind. Perhaps you can’t help but think of another chance to visit Vietnam. Browse hanoitravelreviews to make your journey unforgettable!