Đồng Kỵ furniture village
Đồng Kỵ furniture village is located in Từ Sơn district, Bắc Ninh province, over 20km from Hanoi. There are many furniture shops on both sides of the street, plus the mills to stock the timbers. Some furniture are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. We can find wooden chairs, tables, beds, wardrobes, Buddha statues as well as pearl inlay pictures at the shops. These products are for both local sale and overseas export.
Bat Trang Ceramic Village
On the left bank of Hong river and about 10 km from Hanoi in East (in Gia Lam District, Hanoi), there situated a pottery village, which is the most famous and long-standing pottery village in Vietnam for its name of Bat Trang. Up to present, Ba Trang Pottery Village has still been operating and developing ceaselessly. According to a legend, the village was first called as Bach Tho Phuong before its name was changed into Bat Trang Phuong. People in the village remember in their memory that the place of their origin Bo Bat Village (or called Bach Bat Village), Yen Mo District, Ninh Binh Province.
The Dong Ho picture
The Dong Ho picture style, a Vietnamese traditional painting art in northern Vietnam, has now been restored to life, after nearly half of a century of neglect in the wake of modern and western arts in Vietnam.
According to histories of families that have been working with Dong Ho pictures, the Dong Ho drawing style was born at least 500 years ago. In the past, all people in Dong Ho village lived on Dong Ho pictures, which were often sold along Thang Longs’ (Hanoi) streets. Especially, on occasions like Lunar New Year Festival, various kinds of Dong Ho pictures with bright colours and different themes were sold, featuring daily life and work of Vietnamese ordinary people.
During the second half of the 20th century, Dong Ho pictures were rarely seen in markets. However, some people in the village still kept up their ancestors’ profession and taught their children the techniques and know-how of making Dong Ho pictures with a hope that some day, Dong Ho pictures would be recognised in terms of art and culture by other people and markets, as well.
They did not have to wait for long. In the late 1990s, some Vietnamese people who are inclined towards ancient and traditional arts eyed Dong Ho pictures and came to Dong Ho village to encourage partisans to revive the profession. Later on, Dong Ho pictures were introduced to international tourists, and surprisingly this kind of art interests them very much.
Among a small number of artisans, Nguyen Dang Che is considered the person that has contributed much to the restoration of the Dong Ho drawing style. In 1991, after retiring from his work in Hanoi he returned to his home village Dong Ho, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province. He spent a lot of time and energy studying his ancestors’ traditional drawing techniques and secrets. He found his family’s 26 patterns to draw Dong Ho pictures that are more than 200 years old. He then learnt how to do the whole process of drawing a picture.
In fact, it is not very difficult to paint a Dong Ho picture. Still, not many people can make drawing papers, only some people know how to make the inks and fewer can produce a good Dong Ho picture. Dong Ho pictures in the market look simple, but only artisans who have in hand secrets and skills can make them. Their secrets and skills are only passed on to their children, normally their first sons, when they die.
Dong Ho pictures are now produced mainly by 2 workshops run by 2 families, namely Nguyen Dang Che and Nguyen Huu Sam in Dong Ho village. Yet they supply enough pictures for not only Vietnamese people but also foreigners. Millions of Dong Ho pictures are sold every year.
Today Dong Ho village is a tourist place. Vietnamese and international visitors can witness most of the process of making a Dong Ho picture. If one wants to make one for himself, he will be instructed by artisans. As Dong Ho village attracts a growing number of international tourists, the Dong Ho picture, a Vietnamese traditional art, is increasingly promoted all over the world.
Itinerary in details:
08h00: Our car and guide come to pick up you at your hotel, it take you about 45 minutes going along the Red River to reach Bat Trang pottery village. You will walk around the village, visit families that have the workshop of making the pottery. See how the villagers find the mud, how to make the potteries and draw on them...You also can do pottery for yourself for souvenir.
09h00: visit the pottery market beside the river where you will see numourous kind of pottery products in many beautiful colours.
10h30: car take you throught the rice field to get to " Dong Ho" painting village. Here, you will find the special paints made by the artists.
You will know about the way they make the paper, the way the paint and also talk with the old painters.
11h30: have lunch in the restaurant.
13h00: visit the Capentry village - Dong Ky village. This is the most famous carpentry village in Vietnam. They make many beautiful products with carving nice pictures on them. You can buy some small products for souvenirs here.
Ø English speaking guide
Ø Private A/C Transportation
Ø Lunch in local restaurant
Ø Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Hanoi
Ø All tours with entrance fees to indicated sights
Ø All government taxes and service charges
Ø A bottle of mineral water per person
Ø Airport taxes;
Ø Visas and visa arrangement
Ø Travel insurance;
Ø Food & drinks not mentioned;
Ø Personal expenses such as tips, bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on number of people in your group and time of travel. Please contact us to customize this itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.