Bat Trang-Dinh Bang-Van Phuc villages
- Duration:1 day
- Destinations: Bat Trang-Dinh Bang-Van Phuc
Bat Trang, traditional porcelain and pottery village with history of seven centuries, is an interesting attraction in Hanoi that tourists should not ignore.
Bat Trang, the seven-century old pottery village, is an interesting attraction in Hanoi that tourists should not ignore.
- Escape the hectic pace of Hanoi in favour of its surrounding villages. About an hour's drive outside of crazy Hanoi is Bat Trang ceramic village, where we'll be taken through the production process in the village, and have a chance to visit the workshops and see at the kilns used for firing the ceramic pottery.
- Continuing along our Hanoi village tour, we'll visit the community house of Dinh Bang. Traditionally all villages in Vietnam had a "community house" in the centre of the village; it was where all decisions regarding the village were made, it connected everyone to the village, and was the core of Vietnamese culture.
- With few "communal houses" remaining in Vietnam today, the Dinh Bang communal house provides us with an interesting insight into Vietnam's past, and something you must see during your time in Vietnam.
- Our next stop is the Do Temple to experience some local Hanoi history. Do Temple or Den Do Temple honours the 8 Ly emperors of the Ly Dynasty. During their reign, Vietnam experienced an era of prosperity and independence. The first emperor of the dynasty Ly Cong Uan founded Hanoi in 1010.
- In the middle of a lake situated at the front of the temple there is a two story, eight roofed house which floats on water and is used as a stage for water puppet shows. Every year on March 15th there is a festival honouring the 8 emperors of the Ly dynasty.
- We'll head back into Hanoi for lunch at a local restaurant before venturing back out into the surrounding area to continue our Hanoi village tour.
- Next up is Van Phuc silk village. For centuries, silk has been considered an extreme luxury, and the silk-making industry has a history in Vietnam stretching back more than two thousand years. Silk has long been a universal symbol of luxury, often worn by the richest, most powerful citizens in Vietnam.
- Van Phuc is known to make the best silk in Vietnam, as well as being the oldest silk-maker in Vietnam. Despite many ups and downs, during the recent years the village’s craft has enjoyed revival due to a surging demand for silk in both the domestic and foreign markets. During our visit to the village, our local guide will walk us through to meet the people and learn about their craft and lifestyles.
- Van Phuc is the last stop on our Hanoi village tour, so after our visit here, we'll head back to Hanoi to end the tour.
Price: 68 USD/person
- Single supplement 50 USD/person
- Local English speaking guide,
- Entrance fees as indicated
- Transportation as indicated,
- Items of a personal nature.
- Gratuities for drivers or guide.