Traveling to Hanoi, visitors may have the chance to experience many traditional villages such as Van Phuc Silk Village, Thach Xa Bamboo Dragonfly Village, Tay Tuu Flower Village, or Dao Thuc Water Puppet Village. But among them, we have to mention Bat Trang Ceramic Village. What can be seen and experienced in this traditional village? And how does it attract tourists? Let See Asia Travel give you some useful information about Bat Trang Ceramic Village for your visit.
1. Where is Bat Trang Ceramic Village?
Bat Trang Ceramic Village is located right next to the left of the Red River and belongs to Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District. It takes us around 20 – 30 minutes to drive from the center of Hanoi to the village which is for a distance of more than 10 kilometers. It is easy for you to take bus No. 47A from Long Bien Station or grab a bike or a car to go to the village.
Bat Trang Ceramic Village is well-known for its pottery products and its long-lasting history. The village is said to be formed in the Ly Dynasty for thousand years. Over the periods of ups and downs, the name of Bat Trang Village remains until now.
Visiting the village, visitors can have a closer look into a lot of traditional ceramic stores and workshops with a large number of vases, cups, plates and bowls in different shapes, decorations, and designs. The products made in Bat Trang Village have been exported to other countries in the world. There is no doubt saying that Bat Trang Ceramic Village is the place to preserve the Vietnamese cultural values, to make a national brand, and also to attract tourists from all over the world.
2. How Bat does Trang Villagers make their pottery products?
To make a perfect ceramic product, the artisans have to follow 3 steps:
Step 1: Make the product frame.
At this step, the artisans have to select the suitable clay, then treat it and use their skilled hands to make the raw product. They surely control their hands’ power to get the best appearance.
Step 2: Decorate and glaze
At this step, the artisans use colors and other tools to decorate their products before covering them with glazes.
Step 3: Bake
This is considered to be the most important step to complete a perfect ceramic product because the artisans must ensure that the product is baked at a suitable temperature. The temperature must be adjusted at around 1200 – 1300 degrees during the whole baking time of 3 days 3 nights. After being baked, the product is carefully brought out from the pottery kiln to be classified and repaired one more time to make sure that there is no mistake.
All 3 steps are finished, and we have a perfect ceramic product made in the traditional Bat Trang Ceramic Village.
3. What to do and see in Bat Trang Ceramic Village?
For visitors who love the traditional values of the ancient land, Bat Trang Ceramic Village is one of the must-visit destinations when they are in the capital of Hanoi. Let us introduce the most popular things to do in this traditional village.
+ Make Handmade Pottery Product
A ceramic product made by yourself will be a special gift or souvenir for your relatives or just for your unforgettable experience. You should not miss out on this interesting activity when visiting Bat Trang Village. There are a few workshops that allow tourists to try to make a product. They will provide you a rotating table and a tray of moist clay. Under the step-by-step instructions of the artisans, you can freely to shape a cup, plate, vase, and so on. These simple shapes are quite easy to make for the first try.
After that, the shopkeeper will help to dry your product. It may take around one hour to dry it. During this time, you can go around to visit the village before getting back to decorate your product with colors and take them away. The cost of making ceramic products is from 40,000 to 60,000 VND.
+ Go shopping
After understanding and experiencing the process to make a ceramic, you can take your time to explore the village and its colorful market. Many tourists say that the village is an ideal place to buy a ceramic product as a souvenir for their relatives and friends. There are hundreds of ceramic products shops here. Stop at a shop and pick up some handmade ceramic souvenirs such as vases, teapots, necklaces, wind chimes, wall paintings, cups, and bracelets.
+ Enjoy local dishes
There are many food stores in Bat Trang Village with a variety of dishes such as rice cakes, sugarcane juice, bread, hot dogs, pho, and especially grilled potatoes. Let’s enter a store and enjoy it for your lunch at the local village.
Bat Trang Ceramic Village is always an attractive destination because of its cultural and historical values. Besides, the Bat Trang villagers are hospitable, friendly, helpful and all are in the process to preserve the traditional artworks, which bring unforgettable impressions to the tourists traveling to Hanoi. This article about one of the traditional villages in Hanoi – Bat Trang Ceramic Village of See Asia Travel hopes to provide pieces of useful information for travelers who are planning Vietnam Tours.