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Bat Trang Ceramic Village In Hanoi
Bat Trang Ceramic Village In Hanoi

As the economy continues to pick up, middle class Vietnamese are enjoying a larger amount of disposable income than ever before. Traditional goods are sometimes overlooked, lost in the waves of cheap merchandise and international brands. Bat Trang Pottery however, has become even more prestigious than it was five hundred years ago, when it was chosen to be sent as tributes to the reigning Chinese monarchs. Bat Trang Ceramics, an international brand The people of Bat Trang have not only […]

The Oldest Silk Village in Vietnam: Van Phuc Silk Village
The Oldest Silk Village in Vietnam: Van Phuc Silk Village

As the oldest silk village in Vietnam, Van Phuc has a glorious past. Generations of master weavers have built the village into a national brand. Van Phuc Silk was highly sought after and in the old days was widely favored by courtiers and even monarchs. It became known internationally when in 1931 The King chose to send its silk to a fair in Marseille, to be presented before the French public. It was a great success. The French customers praised […]

Hanoi Perspectives: Exploring Cho Dem
Hanoi Perspectives: Exploring Cho Dem

When I visited Cho Dem for the first time, I had to stand on my tiptoes and prop my elbows on the table if I wanted to see the toys. I was in awe. Not just with the toys, but with the lights. There were so many lights in such an enclosed space, striped with the black gaits of people in a long, strolling parade that never ended. This gave me a surreal sensation, as if I were standing inside […]

Hanoi Perspectives: Morning Exercise by the Lake
Hanoi Perspectives: Morning Exercise by the Lake

For many years now, the dancers of Hanoi have become an integral part of its early morning scene. Take a walk around hotbeds like Hoan Kiem Lake or West Lake and you will find them in all kinds of groups and dance styles. Morning Exercises in Hanoi As you walk around the lake, breathe in the early morning’s fresh air. Listen to the stranded tunes and you will walk away with a different outlook of Hanoi that is more known […]