Travel north of Hanoi to see pottery-making in Bat Trang village and silk cloth production in Van Phuc. You’ll visit workshops and the Dinh Bang communal house, and make a stop at the Den Do Temple, built in honor of the emperors of the Ly Dynasty.
What to Expect
Head out on an hour’s drive from the Vietnamese capital to Bat Trang ceramic village. See the pottery production process as you visit workshops and see the kilns used for firing the ceramic pottery.
On this full-day excursion to northern villages you’ll stop at the Dinh Bang communal house. Traditionally, all villages in Vietnam had a community house in the center of the village, which was the site where all decisions regarding village matters were made. The house connected everyone to the village and was the core of Vietnamese culture.
Not far from the communal house there is a family that makes lacquerware. Visit the family to learn how lacquerware is made and your local guide will translate for you if you have questions for the family.
The next stop on the tour is the Do Temple, built to honor the 8 emperors of the Ly Dynasty. Achievements during this enlightened period included the construction of the Temple of Literature and first university in Vietnam.
In the middle of a lake situated at the front of the temple there is a 2-story, 8-roofed house which floats on water and is used as a stage for water puppet shows.
Head back to Hanoi for lunch at a typical restaurant. After the lunch break, you’ll drive to Van Phuc silk village.
The silk-making industry has a history in Vietnam that goes back over 2,000 years. Van Phuc is known for producing the best silk in Vietnam. During your visit to the village, a local guide will introduce you to the local people and you’ll learn about their craft and lifestyle.
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees as indicated in the description