Pottery in Vietnam has always been big. From ancient times the country has been famous for its porcelain and china. Delicate pieces of art with exquisite hand painted designs of phoenix, dragons, flowers and other important symbols; these ceramic products are exported world over. While the country as a whole is popular for creating these artifacts, Bat Trang in Hanoi is seven-century old pottery village that is acclaimed for its products.
Located close to a river, the clay obtained from surrounding areas is amongst the very best. There are many tales and myths about how the village got its name and began producing pottery. According to one, three scholars who returned from China brought with them the knowledge of this industry and taught the people of BatTrang. In another story the industry started during the reign of King Ly Cong Uan where the capital was moved to Thang Long. This resulted in many who came to settle there and the abundance of good clay led to the growth of the industry in Bat Trang.
Considered a valuable and prestigious symbol, the ceramic known for their quality and style are custom made for aristocratic families, temples and shrines. They are also widely imported to Japan, Britain, Netherlands and Portugal. Tourists visiting Bat Trang can walk around the village or take a one of a kind buffalo ride. The large number of shops and studios will give you a glimpse of how this world famous ceramics are made. You can also buy souvenirs for friends and family.
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