Vietnam is a popular destination not only due to its stunning nature views but also because of its vibrant culture. One way to experience Vietnam’s interesting culture is to visit Bat Trang, a pottery village, just outside the capital city of Hanoi. When you visit the village, you will learn more about pottery and its history, as well as participate in some workshops led by local artisans who have been in the pottery trade for many years.
If you’re thinking of visiting Ba Trang on your trip to Vietnam, here’s everything you need to know about this pottery village.
How to Get to Bat Trang Pottery Village
Bat Trang is a popular village in Hanoi so it should not be that difficult to look for this place. There are also lots of local travel companies that organize a tour to this famous village. But if you’re visiting the place on your own, your best bet is to rent a motorbike and drive all the way to Bat Trang. You can also hire a taxi going to the place or take the public bus, which is the cheapest option.
Bat Trang is located along the Red River, in Hanoi’s Gia Lam District. It’s about 13 km. away from the city center. The village is famous for its tradition of local pottery that dates back to more than a hundred years ago. When visiting the place, you can also check out the nearby attractions, such as the Chu Dong Tu temple and the Long Bien Bridge.
Brief History of Bat Trang Pottery Village
The village of Bat Trang was established around the 14th or 15th century. But according to some local historians, the village was formed during the Ly Dynasty when the country is still independent and enjoys an initial growth period. During this time, some scholars who came back from a trip to China have decided to start a ceramic trade in the village.
Eventually, local businessmen and crafters from around the country have decided to settle in the village to take advantage of its flourishing trade. As time goes by, the village has become famous all over the world for its local pottery. Some of the local traders have even sent their products to the foreign markets, such as in Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, and the neighboring Southeast Asian countries.
What to Do at the Bat Trang Pottery Village
There are so many fun activities waiting for you to do in Bat Trang. In fact, tourists who are traveling with kids will surely have a great time in the village. The ancient village itself is an interesting site to explore. Upon arriving, you’ll immediately notice that most of the buildings feature ancient old architectural styles, such as the Van Van ancient house. This ancient house is more than 200 years old and features a unique wooden architecture. Inside, you’ll find plenty of preserved artifacts, such as ceramic pots, ceramic stamping set, and vases that date back to the 15th century.
As you explore the village, you’ll notice that pottery in Bat Trang is truly beautiful and rich. Before, local villagers here sell only traditional ceramic dishes and jars. Nowadays, aside from the traditional products, they also sell a wide range of sophisticated and elegant pots, jars, vases, dishes, and several other household products. You can freely admire these products at the local market. Some of them are glazed with sophisticated techniques resulting in excellent quality and striking appearance. They are available in different designs, colors, shapes, patterns, etc.
If you plan on buying some products, negotiate the price well. You’d be able to get a good deal if you purchase in large quantity. Also, make sure you ask them to pack the products well so they will not get damaged in transit. There are also some vendors who can arrange a local courier to send the products back to your home country. That way, you won’t have to go through the hassle of taking these delicate items in your flight.
Joining Workshops in Bat Trang Pottery Village
Visitors can also take part in a pottery workshop at the Bat Trang Porcelain and Pottery Market. Here, you will be taught how to create your own ceramic pots and get a chance to take home your own creation as a souvenir. Depending on the workshop that you will join, this activity should only cost you around 40,000 to 60,000 VND. Joining these workshops is not only entertaining but you also get to learn a lot about pottery making, from the history of pottery in the village up until the baking and glazing of the final product.
So if you’re someone who loves culture and history, you should make sure to drop by at the Bat Trang Pottery Village on your trip to Vietnam. Whether you are traveling on your own, with friends or family, or perhaps, with little kids in tow, visiting the village is truly a fun and memorable experience.