Thanh Ha Pottery Village
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Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Hoi An is a beautiful land, famous for its quiet old town and traditional craft villages that are hundreds of years old. Nestled beside the romantic Thu Bon River. Thanh Ha Pottery Village is a place that has maintained traditional pottery throughout its 500-year history.

Coming here, visitors feel like they are lost in a peaceful countryside, engrossed in looking at works of art brought to life by talented artisans. With the above interesting things, this place has become an attractive destination for tourists from all over.

Come visit Thanh Ha pottery village in Hoi An with Origin Vietnam and explore unique experiential activities here.

1. Where is Thanh Ha Pottery Village?

Thanh Ha Pottery Village is located in Thanh Ha Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Thanh Ha Pottery Village is located on the Thu Bon River, about 3 km west of the center of Hoi An ancient town. It is about 28 km from Da Nang city and about 120 km southeast of Hue city.

Thanh Ha pottery village

2. How is Thanh Ha pottery village unique?

Actually, the village is 500 years old, formed in the 16th century and has experienced many historical ups and downs along with Hoi An trading port. But the late 17th – early 18th centuries was a glorious period for the craft village with products that were promoted to the king, famous as a “national treasure”.

Moreover, Thanh Ha is known as a long-standing traditional pottery village in Hoi An ancient town. This craft village was formed in the 16th century and started from Thanh Liem village, then moved to Thanh Ha ward as it is today. The 16th – 17th centuries are considered the most glorious period of the pottery village. The village’s ceramic products were used to present to the king.

Although, this small and peaceful village has gone through many ups and downs and ups and downs. There were times when it seemed like the pottery profession here was forgotten. However, thanks to their enthusiasm and love for their craft, the village’s artisans have once again “revived” the beauty and retained the soul of the pottery village.

Today, Thanh Ha pottery village in Hoi An is constantly transforming strongly. This craft village has become an attractive destination attracting many tourists from all over. Coming here, you will not only learn about the traditional pottery making process but also be able to create your own unique ceramic works.

In addition, with more than 500 years of establishment and development, this place possesses a rustic beauty that is rare to find anywhere else. Coming to Thanh Ha pottery village, you will feel like you are lost in some ancient peaceful countryside.

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3. When is the best time to visit Thanh Ha pottery village?

Hoi An’s weather is divided into two seasons: rainy season and dry season. The dry season starts from February to August and the dry season starts from September to January next year. Therefore, the most ideal time for you to go to Thanh Ha pottery village is from February to April. At this time, the weather in Hoi An is sunny and the air is cool. This is the ideal condition for you to explore the pottery village and experience many interesting outdoor activities.

4. How to get to Thanh Ha pottery village?

4.1 Moving to Hoi An

As a famous tourist city, Hoi An is a meeting point for many travelers who love to travel. To go to Hoi An, you must first go to Da Nang by one of the following means of transport:

4.1.1. By passenger car

Travel time by bus from Hanoi or Saigon to Da Nang is 15 hours. Some popular bus companies you can buy tickets for are Phuong Trang, Thuan Thao and Hai Van.

4.1.2 By plane

You can go directly to Da Nang by international flights, or domestic flights if you are in other cities in Vietnam. This means of transport is suitable for travelers who live far away and want to save time when traveling.

4.1.3 By motorbike

After arriving in Da Nang, you can rent a motorbike or car to drive to Hoi An. From the center, you follow Vo Nguyen Giap street along My Khe beach to Cua Dai beach. Here, you will see an intersection, turn right to reach Hoi An Ancient Town.

4.1.4 By train

Train is also the means of choice for many tourists to get to Da Nang and Hoi An. Taking the train from Hanoi and Saigon to Da Nang usually takes about 16 – 18 hours. If you want to see natural scenery along the way, this is the most reasonable choice.

4.2 From Hoi An ancient town to Thanh Ha pottery village

Thanh Ha Pottery Village is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission tickets are valid during the day. Therefore, you should pay attention to arranging a suitable visit time to have the most complete experience. To get to the craft village from the center of Hoi An ancient town, you can travel by cyclo, bicycle, motorbike or car in 2 ways:

  • Hung Vuong – Duy Tan street: from the center of the old town, follow Hung Vuong street to Duy Tan street. Going about 500m to the intersection, then turn left to reach the pottery village.
  • Route along the banks of the Thu Bon River: starting from the old town, you go along the banks of the Thu Bon River towards National Highway 1A. Then, you pass Thanh Ha fish market, continue going a little further, you will reach the craft village.
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5. Activities and experiences in Thanh Ha pottery village

Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hoi An is different from other pottery villages in Vietnam in that all production processes are completely handmade. If you have the opportunity to come here, you definitely should not miss the extremely interesting activities in this pottery village such as:

5.1 Witnessing with your own eyes the skillful ceramic sharpening techniques of pottery village artisans

In fact, clay is the main raw material to create unique ceramic products here. Coming to this pottery village, you will be able to admire firsthand the process of creating extremely beautiful ceramics from clay by talented artisans. From rudimentary clay blocks, through the hands of experienced artisans at Thanh Ha pottery village. Finally, they will be transformed into an artistic product.

You will see each step of making pottery from shaping clay on the wheel, drawing decorations, drying the pottery and putting it in the kiln,…Thanh Ha craftsmen are not only creative and skillful, but they also extremely love their job as they always gently cherish and put their soul into each block of land.

5.2. Enjoying the ancient space of a pottery village over 500 years old

Thanh Ha Pottery Village is known as a 500-year-old ceramic park. Some documents say that the people living in Hoi An pottery village originate from Thanh Hoa, Nam Dinh and Hai Duong. They migrated here to live and started making pottery in the 15th century. If you follow the group, you will have the opportunity to hear the entire extremely interesting history of Thanh Ha pottery village.

In addition, here on January 10 every year, people will hold a worshiping ceremony with the hope that the profession’s ancestors will bless a peaceful and prosperous new year. Therefore, if you are lucky enough to travel to the pottery village on this occasion, you will experience more exciting activities. Such as witnessing the procession of the ancestors’ palanquin or participating in fun folk games such as sharpening wood and cooking rice. pot,…

5.3. Experiencing creating your own ceramic works

In addition to directly observing the steps to create a ceramic product. Coming to Thanh Ha pottery village, you also have the opportunity to participate in the activity of creating your own unique products.

You can try creating common items in different shapes. And don’t worry too much if you can’t do it, because when you do, there will be ceramic artists right next to you to enthusiastically guide you. They will help you get the most perfect and beautiful product. So if you have the opportunity to come here, you definitely should not miss this interesting experience.

5.4. Visiting Thanh Ha Terracotta Park – a miniature world of Vietnamese ceramics

The terracotta park in this pottery village has an area of ​​nearly 6,000 square meters – the largest ceramic park in our country. It is known that this is also the place to preserve and store ceramic products of Thanh Ha pottery village. In order to introduce Vietnamese ceramic products to tourists or international friends. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this place if you have the chance!

The park is divided into two separate areas, one area is an upside-down building known for storing ceramic artifacts from ancient times. The remaining area is an upside-down building that is also the place to exhibit and introduce new ceramic products.

The most outstanding highlight of this ceramic park is that it is like a miniature world. It possesses hundreds of beautiful architectural works sculpted entirely from ceramic. Such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the White House, and the Pyramid. Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, One Pillar Pagoda, Turtle Tower, Uncle Ho’s mausoleum,…

5.5. Enjoying and choosing Thanh Ha ceramic gifts for relatives

Actually, there is a special thing here. Every tourist who visits Thanh Ha pottery village will receive a souvenir as a thank you from the pottery village’s households to the visitors. Besides, for every tour ticket you will get a gift, so don’t miss it.

In addition, in the area of ​​the pottery village there are many places selling ceramic souvenirs. If you want to buy gifts for your friends after your trip, this will be a great suggestion that you can refer to.


6. Specialties when traveling to Thanh Ha pottery village

Due to be a famous Hoi An tourist destination, around Thanh Ha pottery village there are many restaurants serving food for visitors. You can stop for lunch at these shops and enjoy Hoi An specialties. Such as: cao lau, noodles with fish sauce, chicken rice,…In addition, you can return to Hoi An ancient town for more. Choice of places to eat and rest.

  • Dumplings – cauldron cakes: White Rose restaurant.
  • Quang noodles: Ong Hai restaurant, Ong Sinh restaurant, Hoi An Quang Bich restaurant
  • Cao Lau: Green Space Restaurant, Thanh Cao Lau, Lien Cao Lau, Hoi An Auntie Hat Restaurant.
  • Hoi An chicken rice: Mrs. Linh’s restaurant.
  • Hoi An bread: Phuong bread or Madam Khanh bread.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Thanh Ha pottery village

Because Thanh Ha pottery village is only 3 km from Hoi An ancient town. Therefore, when traveling here, staying overnight in Hoi An ancient town is a reasonable choice.

7.1 Resort:

  • La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa. Address: 132 Hung Vuong, Thanh Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Osaka Riverfront Villa & Spa. Address: Cam Ha, Hoi An City, Quang Nam.
  • A small luxury hotel & Spa. Address: 86 Tran Hung Dao, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Christina’s Hoi An. Address: Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cam Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Hoi An Ancient House Resort & Spa. Address: 377 Cua Dai, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Kiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa. Address: 461- 463 Hai Ba Trung, Tan An, City. Hoi An, Quang Nam.

7.2 Hotels:

  • Hoi An Odyssey Hotel. Address: Tran Trung Tri, Cam Nam, City. Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Hoi An estuary villa. Address: Tan Thinh, Cam An, Hoi An City, Quang Nam.
  • Ivy Villa. Address: 168 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Pho Song Hoi An Hotel. Address: 26 Thoai Ngoc Hau, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Little Town Villa. Address: 239 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Melody Boutique Villa. Address: 01 Phan Ngoc Nhan, Cam Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam.

7.3 Guesthouses

  • Phuong Vi Homes. Address: 39 Nguyen Truong To, Son Phong, Hoi An City, Quang Nam.
  • Coconut Garden Homestay. Address: 122 Nguyen Khoa, Cam Nam, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Horizon Hoi An Guesthouse. Address: 23 Xuan Dieu, Tan An, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • An Hoi town motel. Address: 109 Nguyen Phuc Tan, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
  • Mama’s motel. Address: 06 Nguyen Duc Canh, Tan An, Hoi An, Quang Nam.

8. Some important notes when traveling to Thanh Ha pottery village

In order for you to fully experience the peaceful and ancient features of Thanh Ha pottery village, you should note the following things:

  • You should travel here on January 10. This is the time when pottery villagers hold worshiping ceremonies. So you will experience many interesting activities.
  • When participating in pottery making, you should not go near the kiln area. Because it is very hot and can be dangerous.
  • Besides, you should wear comfortable, convenient clothes and sports shoes to facilitate walking and visiting the pottery village.
  • Bring necessary items such as: umbrella, hat, filtered water during the tour because you will have to walk quite a lot.
  • To avoid the heat of Hoi An, it is most reasonable to visit Thanh Ha pottery village around 3:00 p.m. or in the morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • To optimize your time during your trip, you should combine a visit to Thanh Ha pottery village and nearby destinations during the day. Such as Cau Pagoda, Folklore Museum, Hoi An market,…
  • Especially, on the 9th and 10th of the 7th lunar month every year, the people of Thanh Ha craft village celebrate the death anniversary of their pottery ancestors with many solemn activities, including ceremonies and festivals. Coming to Thanh Ha pottery village on this occasion, you will witness the palanquin procession and participate in fun folk games.

It is worth visiting Thanh Ha pottery village

With an ancient, peaceful space and rusticity, authenticity permeates each product. Surely, Thanh Ha Pottery Village will leave you with many unforgettable memories. Hopefully the information and experiences shared through the article above will help you easily plan an exciting trip.

If you are preparing for your upcoming trip to Vietnam, please contact Origin Vietnam – the leading tour operator in Vietnam. We will accompany you on your tours in Hoi An to discover the unique of Thanh Ha village here with impressive experiences and unforgettable memories.

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