Hanoi Outskirt



  Bat trang ceramic village

Bat Trang is a village in North Vietnam about 13 kilometers south east of Hanoi, on the Red river. It has been famous for its ceramics for a thousand years, particularly dinnerware and ornamental ware.
Perhaps the most outstanding strength of Bat Trang village is its tradition of making pottery. The people are very skilful and talented, producing a product that has a distinctive look. Visiting Bat Trang, you can see the whole process of how a product is manually made. It is hot sweaty work, but the results are superb. Traditional quality pottery includes 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... Craftsmanship developed over many generations.

Van Phuc silk village

Van Phuc village is in Ha Dong Town, Ha Tay Province, 10km from Hanoi. It is the oldest and most famous silk village in Vietnam, with products maintaining their popularity in national and international markets for hundreds of years. In the past, Van Phuc silk was used in costumes for the King and his family and senior officials. Now, Van Phuc silk is accessible to anyone who comes Hanoi, including fashion designers, who recently honored Van Phuc silk on the catwalk.
Right at the gate to Van Phuc village, travelers will see a number of silk shops, where they can choose any kind or color they want. Further inside the village, travelers can enjoy an ancient view of a northern Vietnamese village, with communal house and well, lotus pond, ancient banyan tree, and a market...all alongside modern houses.

  Dong Ho painting village

Dong Ho is a small village in Thuan Thanh, Bac Ninh province, located on the southern side of the Duong river (30km to the east from Hanoi,) is one of the villages that remains to preserve ancient cultural relies of Kinh Bac area (red river delta, north of Vietnam.) Dong Ho paintings have about 300 years of history in the north of Vietnam.

Dong Ho folk painting is very famous because Dong ho is the only village where people know to make the "Dzo" painting with completely natural materials. The printing paper is made of bark of a tree called "Dzo." The background paper is originally white. People use natural materials to change the colors of the papers which are usually orange, pink, yellow, purple,.. Colors of the painting are refined from various kinds of tree leaves that people can easily find in Vietnam. The original point of Dong Ho folk painting is the durability of colors. The painting is covered by a layer of sticky rice paste (called "ho nep") to protect the painting and their colors. They are so long lasting, so that it is very difficult to make them dimmer even time or daylight.

  Duong Lam village

Duong Lam Ancient Village is of cultural and historical importance and it attracts many tourists. The village is in Duong Lam Commune, about 60km from Hanoi. It consists of more than six hamlets. Among these hamlets, Mong Phu is the biggest and the most famous.
The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide. It is included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet. It was constructed before 1632 and has been upgraded and restored many times. Now it is a national cultural and historical site. Mong Phu Temple is in Mong Phu Hamlet. It was set up with ancient Vietnamese architecture in 1638. In the village, tourists can also see ancient houses and small lanes as well as study the everyday life of residents.
One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. Laterite is used on house walls, gates, wells, temple walls, and so forth. The mud is taken from ponds.

  But Thap pagoda

This complex of buildings is situated on a dike of the Duong River amid rice farms. Like most Buddhist temples, a number of buildings actually comprise the temple, usually laid out in linear form, moving successively toward the center. Here the layout has an Entrance Porch, a Bell Tower, and then several central buildings-- for performance of rituals, burning of incense (where prayers are recited), and sanctuaries with statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

  Perfume pagoda

Built into the limestone cliffs of Huong Tich Mountain (Mountain of Fragrant Traces), the Perfume pagoda is an amazing complex of temple, Buddhist shrines, mountains, streams and grottoes...
67 km out of Hanoi, it would take you one and half hour to get by car. You can spend another hours exploring the area. Start by a leisurely trip by boating on a river among a beautiful karstic landscape, then you hike quite a long trail to reach eventually the main sanctuary in a cave. Along the way, there are a great number of other places to worship. Perfume Pagoda is the most important religious area in Vietnam. Almost all Vietnamese Buddhists will make the pilgrimage here, to Perfume Pagoda at least once in their lives. Festive season is from 1st to 3rd Lunar month every year (between February and April) and the area becomes extremely crowded with local people.

  Thay pagoda

Thay Pagoda (The Masters' Pagoda) is about 40 km from Hanoi, in Ha Tay province. The pagoda is dedicated to three cults: Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism surrounded with 18 arhats; The monk Tu Dao Hanh of Vietnam and  King Ly Thanh Tong reincarnated from the teacher. From the top of Sai Son Hill, visitors can have a beautiful view of scenery. In front of the pagoda, there is a small stage built in the middle of a pond, which was used for puppet shows on festival days

Tay Phuong pagoda

This well-known pagoda, also called Sung Phuc was constructed in the 13th century on a buffalo shaped hill. There are 262 brick steps up. It comprises of 3 parallel buildings with splendid roofs. Tay Phuong Pagoda, is one of the finest pagodas In Vietnam with 76 statues of jack wood mark the great artistic value of the 18 century. The pagoda is surrounded by idyllically quaint villages in the Red River Delta.