Bat Trang Ceramic Village is located on the banks of the Red River, in Gia Lam district, about 14km from the centre of Hanoi. This is the oldest and most famous pottery village in Vietnam, attracting the attention of many domestic and foreign tourists.
How Bat Trang Ceramic Village is unique?
This village was formed in the Ly dynasty. Over the past 500 years of history with the ups and downs of the same time. But the name Bat Trang still exists and growing up until now.
Bat Trang pottery products have been highly appreciated for their quality, many designs, designs and types, divided into functional groups such as household ceramics, worship items, fine pottery Art, building ceramics and decorative ceramics.
The ceramic bowl is circulated all over the country, even expert to oversea countries. Bat Trang pottery village is not only a place to make a national product brand, contributing to preserving the cultural values of the capital but also one of the popular tourist destinations in Hanoi.
Top things to do in Bat Trang Ceramic Village
1. Bat Trang ancient village
Coming to Bat Trang tourism, you should visit the ancient village of Bat Trang with unique architecture in ancient style. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the old village on a buffalo car. And then enjoy the rustic, Vietnamese atmosphere of the past.
2. The ancient house of Van Van
It is a wonderful architectural work. Including motifs of ceramics, blue glaze kettles, dragon vases and a set of stamping moulds made of pottery … from before the 15th century.
This house was built 11 years ago, includes 3 compartments: the first one is a 200-year-old wooden house brought from Thai Binh. The second is also an old house bought in Nam Dinh. And the third is the house was available from before.
The old house of Van Van is open from 8 am to 5:30 pm daily. Remember to pay attention to the time to visit!
3. Bat Trang village communal house
Located towards the Red River. The communal house is the place to worship Thanh Hoang village and organize games, events and festivals in the village. If you go to Bat Trang ancient village right on the occasion of the festival, you can explore the extremely unique and bustling culture here.
4. Ceramic clay yard
Coming to Bat Trang Pottery Village, you must go to the ceramic clay yard to participate in the pottery challenge here. If you just want to experience pottery making, it costs about 20000 vnd / turn, but once coming to Bat Trang, you must play big.
Just spending 40.000-60.000vnd, you can become a real potter who is spoiled for creating finished products from clay and turntables.
Although it may be a bit awkward at first when you do not know how to use it. Do not worry, you will be given enthusiastic guidance and guidance from the skilled potters.
After you finish the “masterpiece”, the product will be burned to dry and stay in shape. The next stage you will draw pictures on the product, where you can unleash your creativity for your masterpiece.
Depending on the needs of players that the product will be coated or not. According to me, you should enamel to be able to keep the product longer.
5. Bat Trang Pottery Market
Bat Trang pottery market near Bat Trang pottery village is home to hundreds of shops selling ceramics close together. Here, you can find souvenirs or lovely items made entirely of ceramic, both unique and cheap.
The stalls at the pottery market sell a variety of items, a variety of types of colours sizes. From souvenirs, dishes, jars, teapots, cups, art decorations, worship items worship, flower vase … meticulously designed, extremely beautiful.
6. Visiting Ecopark ecological urban area
If you still have plenty of time after having fun in Bat Trang Pottery Village. You absolutely can spend time visiting Ecopark urban area just 300m from Bat Trang. Admission fee falls at 90.000 Vnd/person, a bit high. But compared to what you can do here, there is nothing to regret.
Ecopark has stilt houses, you can rent by the hour or all day to rest depending on your needs. Ecopark also provides tent rental services in urban parks.
Here, there are true green parks with stretches of grass, ancient trees. You can hardly find in a modern urban area around Hanoi, such as summer park, spring park. After coming here, you can organize camping, barbecue or simply harmony nature.
Ecopark Green City is not only an urban area but also a destination for attractive weekend excursions. That’s a great place to organize sporting events or team building.
When is the best time to visit Bat Trang Ceramic Village?
Visiting Bat Trang Pottery Village, you can come at any time of the year. However, if you go by waterway to Bat Trang, you should go on 8-13 February every year. By this time you can combine to visit Van Phuc communal house and join the festival here. And don’t forget to check the weather forecast for a complete trip.
How to go there?
Located in a convenient location, not far from the city centre. When going to Bat Trang pottery village, you will have diversity in choosing means of transportation as follows:
The most chosen vehicle for tourists is the bus. Safe and fast without worrying about sunshine and rain. Especially with an extremely cheap price, suitable for students, only 7000 vnd/ ticket.
From the city, you can take the bus to the Long Bien transhipment point. At the beginning of Tran Nhat Duat, there is bus 47A moving from Long Bien bus station to the village of Bat Trang.
- Motorbike or other road vehicles (taxi, car …)
The second means of choice for you is the motorbike. For young people who have a passion for backpacking, they will choose this vehicle.
This vehicle is mainly for tourists who want to explore the uniqueness of river tourism. Every weekend, there is a tour of the Red River through the Bat Trang ceramic village, Chu Dong Tu temple.
Some top hotel nearest Bat Trang Ceramic Village:
- JW Marriott Hotel
- Peridot Grand Hotel & Spa by AIRA
- The Oriental Jade Hotel
- Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel Ha Noi
- Lotte Ha Noi Hotel
- InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72
What to eat?
When you are tired, you can stop at the market’s shops to enjoy some snacks. Bat Trang Market probably only has pottery, which is the most special “dish” so the food is not very special. However, there are also many dishes. When resting, you can choose to sip a pair of Te cake and drink a glass of soft cane juice.
- Te cake
- Cassava cake
- Potato cakes
- Squid and bamboo shoot soup
- The area has many delicious restaurants
Nearly all the restaurants are gathered on the edge of Bat Trang market. You can enjoy snacks, or other dishes such as vermicelli, vermicelli, hot pot, … On the way from the city centre or vice versa, there are also many eateries, you can stop and enjoy.
Tour price is about 300.000- 400.000 vnd/person. If you are tired of the above means of transportation, river travel will be a new experience for you when you come here. However, the travel time by this vehicle will be much longer!