Attractions arround Hanoi (P.2)

Bat Trang ceramic village

About 13 kilometers to the south of Hanoi is the location of Bat Trang village, “the village of bowls”, which is famous throughout the world for its ceramics. This is indeed the oldest and best known pottery village of Vietnam.

banner-battrang(Bat Trang ceramic Village)

At Bat Trang the craftsmen are skilled and talented. Their precious knowledge and experience are inherited for many generations. They primarily use clay to create a whole bunch of different objects, tableware and decorative objects. Today they still use traditional methods for making their pottery, including wooden towers. Products are dried in brick ovens and painted by hand. You will find bowls, dishes, vases, cups finely decorated in unique patterns.
Moreover, in many temples and pagodas in Vietnam, the ritual displayed objects come from Bat Trang.
Their production is popular and recognized as they export their goods annually abroad for more than 40 million USD per year!
Bat Trang village is worth to visit. Stroll along the Red River and visit the pagoda in the heart of the village passing through narrow alleys. Travelers might discover several pottery workshops and enjoy seeing artists working. You even could try your hands on it. Finally, do not miss to buy the best pieces of ceramic to keep the memorial experience of Bat Trang village when you return home.

Duong Lam ancient village

Step back in time and visit Duong Lam village where the culture and architecture has been preserved intact, representing the ancient civilization of the Red River Delta. That’s why it was the first village to be recognized by the Government as “National Cultural Heritage.”

0000771_duong-lam-ancient-village(A Corene in Duong Lam Ancient Village)

It takes about two hours driving to the east of Hanoi, this town has 9 hamlets: Mong Phu, Cam Thinh, Dong Sang, Doai Giap, Cam Lam Phu Khang, Ha Tan, Hung Thinh Van Mieu and that each has its own wells. The well  of Mong Phu is the largest having clean water and bears the inscription “Nhất phiến băng tâm” which means “the heart of Mong Phu people is pure as ice.” Mong Phu has about 400 families who live by agriculture, formerly by raising silkworms and weaving fabrics. Mong Phu have kept some 400 years old houses where a dozens of generations have lived in. The architecture of in Duong Lam village is very characteristic with its quaint houses built of laterite blocks and wood, surrounded by walls. The curved roofs look like pigeon wings and tiles arranged as fish scales.

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