Bat Trang Pottery Village
Location: Bat Trang Pottery Village is located in the south east of Hanoi, passing Chuong Duong Bridge turns right and go about 10km along the dike of Red River. Bat Trang belongs to Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi.
Characteristic: This is a pottery village with a half-millenary historic development.
The most outstanding advantage of the village is its traditional pottery production with 1,000 families developing their craftsmanship over many generations. Visitors can wander in Bat Trang’s narrow streets, watching the skillful and talented workers producing sophisticated porcelain, tableware and ornaments using the modern gas-fired kilns. Inside the studios are craftsmen mixing clay or dipping burnt cases into glaze to highlight their crackled lines, and then the painting masters will apply the intricate design on the raw terracotta before heating them in the ovens. The outcome pottery products include a diversified range of bowl, dish, pot, cup, wine pot, a big flower-vase, leg lamp, lime-pot, big-bellied jar with glazes such as ancient pearl blaze, crackle glaze, dark glaze, indigo-blue flower glaze, grey flower glaze, melt glaze...
Along the intertwined village roads are vendors with colorful ceramic little animals, figurines, huge vases, tea sets, etc. At the river bank is a fascinating busy port with packers loading trucks for all parts and pottery products are shipped on board. This is also where visitors can enjoy some tea and buy some ceramics as nice souvenirs for their trip.