Top most famous traditional handicraft villages in Hanoi

  • 10/12/2019

Vietnamese traditional handicraft as a job has significantly unique features. The name of the products always includes the name of the village which has given birth to them. Those meticulous products are also the pride of the whole villagers.

There are many traditional handicraft villages which have become so well-known through the history of Vietnam. Each village is the birth place of so many skillful and dexterous craftsmen, which makes the entire village become a large manufacturing factory. Moreover, each village has its own exclusive features, which is impossible for anywhere else to mimic.
In this blog, Whatsup Vietnam will introduce you top most 8 traditional handicraft villages of Vietnam. 

 Vietnam Culture

1. Bat Trang pottery-making village

Located next to the Red River within the Gia Lam District, Bat Trang Ceramics Village Hanoi holds an important place in history of the ceramics industry in Asia, as it’s close to trading ports Thang Long and Pho Hien. Today, visitors can explore its many ceramic stores and workshops to browse through a vast selection of vases, bowls, cups, and plates, …

Bat Trang Ceramics Village has become a porcelain and pottery maker village near Hanoi since 14th century, housing local artisans who combine both traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful porcelain artworks. Not only are you able to purchase some of the finest handmade ceramic products in Vietnam, you can also observe the entire process of artisans creating products.

Bat Trang ceramics

Bat Trang ceramic

2. Van Phuc Silk Village

Situated on the bank of Nhue River, about 10km southwest of Hanoi Old Quarter, Van Phuc silk village is renowned for its traditional weaving and premium quality silk products. At the age of more than 1,200 years, Van Phuc is proud to be the most ancient silk village which produces the best silk in Vietnam.

In Nguyen dynasty time, Van Phuc silk was brought to Hue imperial citadel to make dress for Royals. Between 1931 and 1932, Van Phuc silk was on display in international exhibitions for the first time in Marseille, then Paris and was highly appreciated and preferred by the French. From 1958 to 1988, Van Phuc silk mostly was exported to Eastern European market, and since 1990, it has been widely known in many countries all over the world.

Van Phuc village impressed by typical manner of an ancient village in the north of Vietnam with banyan tree, well, communal house, and the sound of power-looms everywhere. Walking on the main road in Van Phuc, tourists will be lost in the world of silk with various products like shirts, ties, crafts, dresses, etc., which are all made of silk available in the village.

You can join a tour to Van Phuc village available in travel agencies, or visit Van Phuc on your owns by car, motorbike, or catch the local bus routes 19, 22C, 57 or 89 then to reach the village.

Van Phuc silk Village

3. Dong Ho Painting Village.

The ancient Dong Ho painting village is a famous craft village specializing in folk painting, located in Song Ho commune, Thuan Thanh district , Bac Ninh province, about 25 km from Hanoi. Dong Ho village (sometimes referred to as Ho village by locals) is located on the southern bank of the Duong River, next to Ho Lake wharf, now Ho Bridge.

Previously, paintings were sold primarily to serve the occasion of Lunar New Year, when people in rural areas bought the paintings to hang on the wall. However, these days, all year round, many domestic and even foreign tourists come to Dong Ho painting village to visit and buy Dong Ho paintings as souvenirs as well as immerse in the traditional atmosphere of this village. A number of hotels and restaurants from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City also come here to order large paintings in order to decorate theỉ business space, living room or large dining room.

Dong Ho Paintingphoto: Photo:

4. Conical-hat-making village – Chuong My

Conical hat making village is located on the Day River, in Phuong Trung commune, Thanh Oai district, about 30km from the center of Hanoi and about 20km from Ha Dong.

In the past, Chuong village produced many types of hats, which were bought and used for many social classes such as three-level cones for girls; conical hats, long hats, conical hats for boys and men in luxury. Chuong village hat is also a tribute to the queen, the princess ...

Conical hat market is organized every 6 days on even days of the month, 4th, 10th, 14th, 20th, 24th and 30th of the lunar month. The market opens very early at 6 am to 8 pm when the market is over. This market only sells cones and leaf materials. Main products are: Hats and materials for making hats. Chuong village hats have long been famous for being beautiful, durable and varied in size and color. It is not necessary to go to the fair, you can come on the normal day to watch hat making process and buying.

Chuong hat Village

Chuong hat Village

5. Vietnamese lacquer painting village - Ha Thai Village

Ha Thai lacquer village is located about 30km south of Hanoi, in Duyen Thai commune, Thuong Tin district.

Ha Thai Village

Ha Thai Village

Ha Thai village has nearly 700 families in total with more than 3500 people, 90% of whom are still following the traditional profession in some way. Each family has a workshop to produce lacquerware and a shop to sell their products.

Ha Thai lacquer products have been displayed at many local and foreign handicraft fairs. Besides the traditional lacquer products such as lacquer painting, horizontal lacquered board or parallel sentences, Ha Thai artisans also create attractive products to meet the needs of domestic and foreign tourists such as bowls, plates, flower vases, trays, tables, chairs, beds, cabinets….  In particular, Ha Thai lacquer pottery is a popular item in many countries around the world such as England, France, Russia, USA, Spain, Australia, Italy, Japan, Korea, etc. 

Plan your trip to Ha Thai village for learning traditional craft making and shopping the finest lacquerware. You can also join a tour to make your own lacquer products or lacquer painting under instruction of an artist in Ha Thai Lacquer village.

by Quynh Nhi

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