Explore Thanh Ha pottery village in Hoi An ancient street

Coming to Thanh Ha pottery village, tourists can feel the peaceful feelings with the green space of the lines of areca trees as well as the newly-made ceramic products. Thanh Ha is known as both the live museum and the valuable information resource for scientists to explore and do research about the traditional pottery making in Vietnam particularly and in Southeast region as the whole.

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The most ancient pottery village

Thanh Ha pottery village is located in Thanh Ha ward, Hoi An city, Quang Nam. It is right on Thu Bon riverbank and far from Hoi An ancient street about 3km towards the West.

Thanh Ha pottery village has been famous for 500 years. On the centuries XIV – XVII, the craftsmen from Thanh Hoa went to Thanh Ha to set up a village and made pottery and then passed it on for the next generations. Under Nguyen dinasty, they are well-known for their talent because they are the one who provide ancient houses in Hoi An and the neighbor areas with many products such as roof tiles, flooring tiles and ceramic furnitures. However, the golden period passed because of the market economy. Thanh Ha pottery had faced many difficulties when they could not catch up with the products made by the modern technology so they could not find the consumption places. Until now, after Thanh Ha pottery becomes a part of the exploration tours of tourists coming to Hoi An, Thanh Ha ceramic kilns are revived.

Những nồi đất được chuốt, nặm theo đơn đặt hàng từ nhiều vùng trên cả nước đang được phơi khô trước khi đưa vào lò nung.

Ceramic products of Thanh Ha

If the ceramic products of Tho Ha (Bac Giang), Bat Trang (Hanoi) and Phu Lang (Bac Ninh) are respectively made from blue clay, white clay and brown-yellow clay, Thanh Ha ceramic products are taken from the brown clay along Thu Bon river with the high clamminess and ductility.

Dưới bàn tay của người thợ thủ công, đất sét được luyện thật nhuyễn, đảm bảo độ dẻo, và được tạo hình trên bàn xoay bằng tay hoặc trên khuôn.

After taking the clay, local people have to mix and temper it until it is well-kneaded as newly-made flour. Then, they use that clay to make many products and bring them to dry under the sunshine or in the corner of the kitchen. The pottery kiln is arranged cleverly so that it can both save spacec and ensure that the products are out of shape. Depending on each product, they can burn from one day to three days.

Gạch cũng là một trong những sản phẩm được nhiều gia đình làng gốm Thanh Hà sản xuất theo đơn hàng của nhiều doanh nghiệp hiện nay.

The major products of Thanh Ha are ustensils serving the daily life such as cup, bowl, vase, jar and so on with different shapes and diverse colors. Specifically, they are lighter than other products in other provinces partly because of the special clay of Thu Bon river and skilful hands of Thanh Ha craftsmen.

Đến làng gốm Thanh Hà bạn dễ nhận ra bởi từ con đường, góc sân đến mái ngói đều được làm từ đất nung.

With many passed centuries and ups and downs of the history, Thanh Ha pottery village is still peaceful like the gentle flow of Thu Bon river.
Trong bếp của mỗi gia đình đều chất đầy những sản phẩm làm từ gốm.

Moreover, Thanh Ha craftsmen quietly make the ceramic products by clever hands. If you have a chance to travel to Hoi An ancient street, you should not miss this great Thanh Ha pottery village.

 

 

Myanmar Tour 5 days

It has been said that time is never enough, especially for travelling to a country. However, with a Myanmar tour 5 days, you will experience many valuable things in the two cities Bagan and Mandalay.

Bagan – 3 days

If you take a Myanmar tour 5 days, 3 days are enough to discover Bagan- the land of ancient temples. You can travel from Yangon to Bagan by bus for about 20 – 25 USD (Ther Ye Aung company).

Bicycle is the main mean of transport in Bagan
Bicycle is the main mean of transport in Bagan

 

You don’t need to waste money to rent a tuk tuk or a horse cart; instead, you can rent bikes (about 1500-2000 kyats / day) to go around the place from the Old Bagan, New Bagan to Nyang U. Apart from that, when riding bicycles, we can visit any temple we love.

The world of more than 4,000 temples can make you astray. The famous temples not to miss here include Shwezigon (11th century) in Nyang U, Ananda (11th century) and Thatbyinnyu (12th century), Shwegugyi (11th century) and Shwesandaw (11th century – a very beautiful place to see the sunset) in Old Baga.

At noon, you can also take a rest, or even sleep inside the temples where are very cool. The price in diners around the temple is also very cheap, just only 2-5 USD.

Interesting activities in Bagan

The lacquer products in New Bagan
The lacquer products in New Bagan

During 2 days in Bagan of Myanmar tour 5 days, you can visit many places and enjoy the traditional customs of this area. The most recommended activities are as follows:

– Visiting the lacquer factories situated along the roads from Old Bagan to New Bargan.
– Going to local markets to see the lives of Bagan peaceful citizens. You can buy thanaka trees – a kind of herb mixed with a little amount of water to make a natural powder, which is very popular among Myanmar women and men, to make up and or used as a skin lotion
– Having inners at Nanda restaurant (7-10 USD) to see the string puppets and the dramas that depict Myanmar culture including the birth of the Nats – the gods in Myanmar cultural beliefs.
– After watching the juggle, you should go to Popa peak – the birthplace of the Nats who bless the people of Myanmar. This is an ancient volcano that is 40 km far from the center of Bagan. On the mountain, there is a temple worshipping Nat gods, Buddha with views to a beautiful plain. It is ideal to hire a pickup with a coachwork at the back with the cost of about 35-40 USD, and you should invite 4-6 people or more to join with you to reduce the cost.

Mandalay – 2 days

Taking a Myanmar tour 5 days, you are able to experience two different feelings. While Bagan is quiet, peaceful, Mandalay will give a total different impression.

Southern Stairway up the Mandalay Hill
Southern Stairway up the Mandalay Hill

In order to reach Mandalay from Bagan, there is an interesting way is to travel by boat along the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river, but you have to make a reservation or contact the inn or hotel in Bagan/ Yangon to get detailed information.

Unlike Bagan, Mandalay is busier, noisier and more expensive. The beautiful and attractive destinations in Mandalay are:

– Shwenandaw Abbey with extremely delicate sculptures
– Kuthodaw Paya temple which has the world’s largest Buddhist scripture which is extremely impressive with 729 “pages” carved on marbles
– Mandalay Hill with a walk journey up to the mountain’s peak to see the sunset along the Ayeyarwady River
– The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace in Mandalay
The Royal Palace in Mandalay

– Mahamuni Pagoda with an impressive Buddha statue wearing a robe and a hat with a 6-inch thick layer of gold leaf pasted by the Buddhists through the generations. The most special thing is the “Buddhist face washing ceremony” which takes place at 4 am and the place where you have opportunity to participate in a spiritual atmosphere.
– U-Bein Bridge and Buddhist monastery in Amarapura: The lunch here is really interesting and impressive with hundreds of monks queue up to get rice. You may meet a monk studying and practicing here.
– Mingun Stupa – just a trip by train from Mandalay upstream the Ayeyarwady River in half of an hour, you will come to a totally peaceful space. The stupa is built incompletely with many cracks because of the earthquake, but it still looks very impressive.
– In the evening, there are 2 activities in which you can participate is to go to watch dancing and singing in Mintha theater with traditional dances or watch Moustache Brothers satirical comedy performed by the members of a family.

U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge

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