We traveled to Bat Trang, a village on the edge of Hanoi that is known for producing ceramics. Bat Trang is about fifteen blocks long and wide. Seemed like every shop in town either made or sold ceramics. The variety was amazing.
Besides the ceramic village we saw the Museum of Cultural Diversity - there are 54 different ethnic groups in Vietnam, but the Viet make up 85% of the total population.
Also did a paid tour of the city and then walked around the old part of town. Every 15 feet there's another store front. Many of the store owners live in the back of the store and merely draw a curtain to close off their bed during the day. Other store owners live in relative luxury by having a room in the back or upstairs. Though none of the stores are air-conditioned, so living conditions are difficult in more ways than just lack of space. I don't have any pictures of the smaller stores. The ceramic stores pictured here are not normal as they are located in a village dedicated to tourists.
Notice all the electric wiring. None of it is underground.
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