Update: 13:48 | 09/10/2019
As part of a new initiative, smart tourism will be applied at the centuries-old Bat Trang commune in Gai Lam district on the outskirts of Hanoi. Now, old kilns, ancient houses and pottery workshops will be ready to receive a new wave of tourists.
The ceremony introducing Bat Trang commune as a tourist site will take place on October 9. A cultural festival will be held on October 9-13, with various activities to promote the tourism potential of the village. Art performances will also take place during the festival.
Bat Trang is one of the most famous pottery villages in Vietnam.
Bat Trang commune, comprising Bat Trang and Giang Cao villages, is an attractive destination for tourists, especially foreigners. People come to try making pottery and buying ceramics. However, there are many things about the village that visitors don’t know.
The Hanoi Department of Tourism, in collaboration with the Gia Lam district People’s Committee, plans to develop Bat Trang commune as a tourist site.
Bat Trang commune is home to beautiful old houses, temples, pagodas and pottery kilns. They are set along different routes for tourists to discover.
A tourist information centre is being established to introduce visitors to the site and provide other services, including an audio tour in 12 languages.
Many foreign visitors enjoy making the pottery.
The authorities are also offering tourism services on smart devices, free wifi, virtual reality experiences, electric cars, culinary tours and bicycle hire.
Ly Duy Thanh, Vice Chairman of the Gia Lam district People’s Committee, said local authorities have tried to develop tourism in recent years. But now the services are being deployed professionally to bring wonderful experiences to tourists and develop sustainable tourism.
Ha Van Lam from Bat Trang village said all locals are willing to receive tourists.
“Following the plan by the People’s Committee and Department of Tourism, we will establish some households to serve food and accommodation for tourists. Previously, tourists just spent half a day at the site,” said Lam.