As Tet nears, Bat Trang pottery village in Hanoi’s suburban district of Gia Lam becomes very crowded with streams of shoppers who come to buy ceramic products.
|Shoppers choose the dishes at Bat Trang pottery village in Hanoi (Photo: SGGP)|
Bat Trang pottery market in the village opens all year round with a moderate number of visitors in normal days and a bit higher at the weekends. More foreigners visit the village than local people in normal months and most of the visitors mainly do sightseeing.
The village has been packed with shoppers in year-end months. Dyke roads from Long Bien and Chuong Duong bridges as well as other paths leading to the village have been overcrowded with vehicles in recent days. Bus route Long Bien-Bat Trang has been overloaded.
People from Hanoi and surrounding provinces such as Hung Yen, Hai Duong and Bac Ninh pour in the village to buy the dishes, cups, flower vases, etc…since early morning to nightfall.
Several shoppers come from other provinces across the country. On the occasion of a trip to Hanoi to visit his son, 59 year old Tran Tuan Anh from Tuyen Quang Province traveled also to Bat Trang to buy pottery items for his wife.
A group of students from Hanoi said that taking advantage of off days, they toured to Bat Trang and bought some of the dishes as a present for their families on the occasion of Tet holidays.
Besides individual shoppers, the market has received a lot of traders with large quantity orders.
Shop-owner Le Thi Nam said that the best selling time ranges from the 11th lunar month until the end of the lunar year and she could earn tens of millions of dong a single day.