Although market mechanism life is always changing, and the number of modern material products is increasing, traditional trade villages still exist during the time and produce sophisticated products, which are simple but very precious. One of them is Bat Trang village of ceramic. Bat Trang is now no longer just a place to produce valuable ceramics for the country but also a tourist destination that is worth to visit and discover for those who are interested in experiencing and spending their love to the traditional values.
Bat Trang address:
Located in 195 Province line road, Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam district, Hanoi suburb, Bat Trang is about 13 kilometers southeast of Hanoi center, on the other side of romantic and peaceful Red River.
Transportations to Bat Trang Village:
Let's cross over the ancient Long Bien bridge to go to Bat Trang.
There are many different types of transportations to choose:
- The simplest and cheapest way is going by bus. You just have to go through two bus routes to arrive Bat Trang. You can catch the bus 50 to the Long Bien freight station, and then continue traveling by the bus 47.
- If you use personal vehicle, you can go through three bridges: Chuong Duong, Vinh Tuy and Thanh Tri bridges. After crossing the bridge, turn right and go along large dike. Bike or motorbike are the 2 advantage vehicles you can use to go to Bat Trang. However, riding from the center of Hanoi to Bat Trang by bicycles or scooters is not easy. You should contact to a operator to take care of you.
- Or you can also visit there by a private experience to Bat Trang via the travel agencies in Hanoi.
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Services in Bat Trang village:
I am sure that the most exciting activity here is to create your own first-hand ceramic product. Do not hesitate anymore, let’s go into the village, pass the houses selling ceramics, and then you are at the ceramic market which is a wonderful place to experience interesting pottery making process. Many houses in the village also offer this kind of service.
Some foreigners are happy in trying making some pottery products.
At first, you will get a lump of big and wet clay. Just place it on the pottery wheel and follow your creation. Normally, with the fast pottery wheel, people will make the simple circular items such as cups, bowls, vases, etc. Or you can also use clay to mold into adorable animals to give to your friends and relatives. After ceramic molding, the next step is to dry your product. It will take about 30 minutes to wait for dry ceramic, so you can go to other places and explore this village.
A student is focusing on his product from clay.
The final step is decoration. You can freely decorate it, then ask the workers to add a cover layer of gloss paint which would prevent the paint from damaging and keep it more durable over time. Each product made by you will cost around $5/item. It is an inexpensive but extremely meaningful gift for your relatives and friends, right?
You could feel hungry while waiting for your debut ceramic products drying. It is time to walk around the village and its market. The first thing to consider is eating. There are a lot of good restaurants to enjoy. Most of them offer delicious and cheap traditional foods which make you feel like being in an old market. The market has all kinds of noodles, vermicellis and hot pots. Besides, you can enjoy or buy a pair of rice cake or cassava cake as a gift (Both of them is cheaper than $1). You can also rest in Bat Trang Village Resort, a complex of resorts, dining, entertainment, recreation, etc., having a space combination of the essence of traditional with modern and unique features, diversified services. However, it is quite expensive.
After enjoying delicious meals, you can watch beautiful goods at the market. There are many shops selling mostly products from ceramics. Many nice souvenirs like cups are perfect gifts for your mother or grandmother. Some others are products for worshipping, indoor decorations, etc. which are from budget to luxury for you to choose.
The skillful ceramic products sold in the market of Bat Trang village.
With those who are interested in exploring and learning, you can visit pottery making houses, learn the process and see the products made from the skillful hands of artisans. The products of Bat Trang village (Click to cycling tour to Bat Trang village) always own peculiarity with generous brushstrokes, varied casual and rustic color glaze. You can capture images for storage or take it as materials for research and study.
In Bat Trang village, the daily life of artisans is doing the spiritual pottery items.
If you wonder whether there is any place to store the essence of the pottery village, you can ask the villagers to go to Van Van House or Ceramic communal house. Van Van House is the place where presents 400 items of precious ancient ceramics from the 15th century to the 19th century. It also presereves many products of ancient pottery village, especially Bat Trang ceramics. Moreover, it is worthy for you to visit the village communal house next to the Red River station, which conserves many traditions of the village.
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