Today we had a sort of escape from Hanoi. One of our photo enthusiast told us about a Japanese glass factory in Gia Lam, just over the Red River. The factory specializes in Ryukyu glassware, which comes, as you might guess from Okinawa, Japan.
If you drive over the bridge towards the other side of the Red River to Gia Lam, which is a district of Hanoi, one feels as you have escaped the city. The factory is located in an area called Vietnam-Ryukyu Cultural Technological Village.
Ryukyu Glass Craft is originally situated in Okinawa and is one of the largest glass factories there. It opened a factory here in Vietnam some years ago. Their glassware is 100 % handmade with vivid colors and various shapes they are specialized in blown & cased glass, created by skilled craftsmen.
Craftsmen in the glass factory produce hundreds of masterful Ryukyu glass pieces every day. Taking a tour of the factory allows visitors to see how the craftsmen create their glass art right in front of you.
Vietnam Ryukyu Cultural Technological Village can be found at 93 Duc Giang, Long Bien.
Tel: (84) 4-3877-0262. Fax: (84) 4-3877-0263
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays and holidays.