Bat Trang Pottery Village is a destination that is not unfamiliar to those who love the traditional culture of the Vietnam pottery village. Only less than 15km from the center of Hanoi, this is an extremely ideal place for weekend picnics.
Introduction to Bat Trang Pottery Village
Bat Trang pottery village is located on the banks of the Red River, in the Gia Lam district outside Hanoi. The name Bat Trang means “big courtyard”, and the village has a history dating back to the Le dynasty.
This is the oldest famous pottery village in Vietnam, as well as a place that domestic and foreign tourists cannot help but visit once. Bat Trang pottery village specializes in the production of various types of ceramics in both types and designs.
The most interesting thing when coming to Bat Trang is that you can directly see the artists making delicate ceramic products or be able to shape the products yourself.
How to get to Bat Trang Pottery Village?
Located in a convenient location, not far from the center of Hanoi, you have many ways to move to the pottery village of Bat Trang Gia Lam. We will show you a few ways to move very quickly and save money:
For students or backpackers, nothing makes more sense than departing from Hanoi to Bat Trang pottery village by bus. Both safe and fast and not afraid of sunshine or rain, you can land in Bat Trang at the cheapest price.
From points in Hanoi city, you take the bus to Long Bien transit station and then take bus 47 to Bat Trang for only 7,000 VND / way. Get on the bus to eat or have a good night’s sleep, less than 30 minutes later you will be present at the famous pottery village.
For young people who love dust trips, moving to Bat Trang from the capital by motorbike is a very interesting choice. From Chuong Duong bridge or Vinh Tuy bridge, Thanh Tri bridge along the Red River, until you see the signpost of Bat Trang Pottery Village, congratulations, you have reached your destination !!. It’s easy, isn’t it?
For those who want to discover the uniqueness of river travel, there is a weekend trip to the Red River through the pottery village of Bat Trang, Chu Dong Tu temple. Tour ticket price is about 300-400,000 VND / person. If you are bored with road travel, you can refer to this new way of moving!
Places to visit in Bat Trang
Bat Trang ancient village
Coming to Bat Trang Pottery Village, Gia Lam, you cannot help but visit the ancient village of Bat Trang with unique and ancient architecture. You have the opportunity to explore the old village on a buffalo car to enjoy the rustic atmosphere.
Typical places that keep traces of ancient times here can be mentioned as Van Van ancient house, communal house of Bat Trang village.
As a wooden house with the age of more than 200 years, the ancient house of Van Van is an architectural masterpiece including ceramic motifs, blue glaze kettles, dragon jars, ceramic stamping molds, … from before the 15th century.
Bat Trang village communal house is the place of worshiping Thanh Hoang, which is also the venue for festivals all year round. If you go to Bat Trang ancient village right on the occasion of the festival, you can explore the extremely unique and exciting culture.
Making your own ceramic product
For tourists in Bat Trang pottery village, their desire when coming to this beautiful land is to mold products made from ceramic and porcelain by themselves.
With just spending 40-60,000 VND, you can become a real potter who can create finished products from clay and turntable. Although it may be a little awkward at first when you do not know how to use it, you will receive enthusiastic guidance from skilled potters right in the ancient village of Bat Trang.
After you complete the “masterpiece”, the product will be burned to take home. So you can unleash virtual live photos to show off your friends and relatives the artwork you have created yourself, right?
Bat Trang Pottery Market
The pottery market is where you can find cute, unique, and cheap souvenirs. The stalls in the pottery market sell a lot of ceramic products such as souvenirs, dishes, cups, decorative arts, worship items, … extremely beautiful.
All products here are made from the hands of famous artisans. You can observe and return to the process of kneading ceramics at the mini ceramic courtyards in the market.
What to eat in Bat Trang Pottery Village?
Traveling to Bat Trang you cannot help but enjoy the delicious specialties here.
You can stop at the market-side stalls to sample some super-soft snacks such as baked cassava cake, hotcakes or rice, vermicelli, vermicelli with typical flavor of Bat Trang ancient village.
Most especially, you cannot miss the specialties of squid soup, a famous traditional dish here. The golden color of bamboo shoots is mixed with the sweet broth, when eaten, it will be crunchy and delicious.
Squid bamboo-shoot soup is often used as the main dish in traditional holidays, weddings, Tet holidays of the people of Bat Trang pottery village. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity!