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Why Van Phuc Silk Village is special ?
Tourists can not miss authentic traditional silk when visiting Vietnam, a typical Eastern country. There are some differences in the way locals make silk in each region of Vietnam but the Van Phuc village in Hanoi has been renowned for making the best silk in the country. You can buy draw silk, print silk or patterned silk with national decorations as a unique gift for friends and families in Hang Gai, a small street near the Old Quarter.
What to explore at Van Phuc Silk Village?
Van Phuc silk has been known for its smooth, light weight, and elegant appearance. Especially, a traditional kind of silk called Van Silk made in Van Phuc make the wearers feel cool in summer and warm in winter. Today, to satisfy various demand for silk of the market, Van Phuc silk producers have expanded their silk and garment goods like embroidered silk, , wrinkled silk, double layers and more colors for silk products.
Many families in Van Phuc open their own shops on the main road of the village; create a “town of silk” that sell eye-catching and high quality silk products. Tourists may buy available nice souvenir and clothes in the shop, or select the most suitable materials to then get customized products. The sellers are very friendly and can speak a little English and French to communicate to foreign tourists.
Nowadays, although the weaving has been mechanized for higher productivity, there are still simple manual looms in some houses in the village which help tourists contemplate the genuinely traditional Vietnamese way of making silk.
How to get to Van Phuc Silk Village?
Tourists can join a tour to Van Phuc village available in travel agencies, or visit Van Phuc on their owns by car, motorbike, or catch the local bus 02, 21 then walk 500m to reach the village.
Tourists should travel south west out of Hanoi center on Nguyen Trai road until reach the border of Ha Dong district, then turn right and drive about 3km to reach the village.
- A traditional village
- A unique village
- Genuine and cheap silk
- The famous and cheap silk
- One of the best places to buy the silk
Van Phuc Silk village, Ha noi, Viet Nam
Tips for you
With a view to reaching Van Phuc village, tourists should travel south west out of Ha Noi on Nguyen Trai Street until they reach the border of Ha Dong District. Then turn right and dive for about 3km. The village is on the left, some 8 km from central Hanoi. Motorbike, bus, or taxis are all of good use.Location
Go there if your purpose is to buy silk fabrics and scarf. Otherwise, do not come here coz nothing for your visit. The good thing is the price of silk is cheaper than Dong Xuan market and not crowded.
This is originally a village people produce silk and silk products. However, it seems the business has come down and nowadays not so many silk factories. Most products can be found in Hoan Kiem Area and even cheaper there. Products not exceedingly cheap and this place is quite far away from the city. Not a particular attraction for tourists or even local people. Especially do not go right after lunch, most shops are closed for afternoon sleep.
It's very easy to get here. Take xe ôm (motorbike taxi) for about 4-5 dollars each way. A lot more expensive by taxi. Here, you'll get to see how they produce silk products. And you can purchase good quality and cheap silk here. This is my go-to place when I need to by gifts for my international friends. About 5 dollars for a silk scarf, That's a good bargain, right?