Explore Vietnamese culture and traditional rural life during this full-day tour from Hanoi. Visit the pottery village of Bat Trang and the painting village of Dong Ho. Discover tranquil But Thap Pagoda and Dau Pagoda, the cradle of Buddhism in Vietnam.
What to Expect
Discover the traditional handicrafts of Vietnam's Bac Ninh province and visit 2 of Vietnam's finest pagodas during this full-day tour from Hanoi.
Begin at the village of Bat Trang, famous for its thousand-year history of making the finest ceramic in Vietnam. Pay a visit to the village's temple, then walk down narrow roads to a workshop where you'll meet one of the famous artists of Bat Trang and view his artworks in each stage of their creation. Enjoy a class on throwing a pot on a potter's wheel, then head to the market to admire beautiful ceramics by the village's craftspeople.
After lunch, move on to Dau Pagoda, once the most important center of Buddhism in Vietnam. Here you'll marvel at the 17-meter high Hoa Phong Tower, constructed in the 6th century. Then explore the magnificent Dau complex and its compartments as you wander through the incense-burning hall and main temple. Afterward, proceed to 13th-century But Thap Pagoda, one of the finest pagodas in all of Vietnam. The site is well-known for its rare woodcarvings and sculptures, particularly the stunning Goddess of Mercy statue.
Finally, head to the village of Dong Ho, famous for its folk paintings. These painstakingly crafted works feature typical Vietnamese scenes and figures created with local materials. Such pictures have been created here for at least 500 years, and are still popular throughout the country, especially during the lunar new year.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
- Private transportation
- Services of an English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees to attractions
What's Not Included
- Optional activity costs
- Personal expenses
Know Before You Go
Vegetarian or any special food requests must be made in advance.