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Bat Trang Pottery Village

| 20 Sep 2011

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Bat Trang Pottery Village
16kms south east of Hanoi

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20 Sep 2011

More for those with a serious interest in purchasing pottery than for an experience of a traditional craft village.  There’s little that feels traditional about Bat Trang despite its long history of fine pottery production. This is a half day trip or less from Hanoi.

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Hanoi boasts a large number of “traditional” craft villages but unfortunately, the traditions reference times past more than anything a contemporary visitor might experience.

Bat Trang has been a centre of pottery production around Hanoi since the 15th century.  These days, it looks not dissimilar to any medium sized rural town in northern Vietnam. Bat Trang’s streets are lined with shops selling pottery ranging from the traditional styles that made the town famous through to the kitsch that is increasingly popular with Vietnam’s new rich.

Those with a serious interest in ceramics will enjoy browsing the shops and there are still opportunities to view traditional pottery making in some of the factories. There’s not a lot by way of atmosphere however.


Travel tips:

Take a tour, rent a car or take a taxi to Bat Trang. The ride is around25 - 30 minutes.

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1 comment so far

There's a bus that goes out there, no 52 perhaps? It's a bery pleasant trip. One time I went there (quite a few years ago) I had a look around the old part of town, lots a hot kilns and very narrow alleys. There are some very good potters there as well as the cheap stuff.

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