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A water puppet show is a unique experience that you can see at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in the center of Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake. This attraction is originally from northern Vietnamese villages where the theater was played with puppets in the water. Therefore, this activity is on the “must-see” list on a Hanoi city tour.
Located at 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang street, nearby Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is a familiar address for both domestic tourists and foreigners. Enjoy water puppet shows and discover the beauty of this unique Vietnam traditional art.
The water puppet show goes back to around 1000 years, in a period of peace and prosperity. This provided the perfect opportunity for talented artists to perform puppet shows on land and in water.
The tradition of the water puppet shows is that rice fields were underwater and that villagers made entertainment by standing in the deep water with the puppets above the water. At the time, simple stages were built around flooded rice fields aimed at puppeteers entertaining their audience. Bloodsuckers and other related problems associated with prolonged standing in turbid water were fairly normal.
Moreover, the theater has brought water puppetry art to more than 40 foreign countries through performance tours, or international cultural exchange programs or puppetry festivals.
Traditional content of water puppet performance like the daily life of Vietnamese farmers (cultivating, tending buffalo, catching fishes…). With modest performance way, it has appealed audiences for centuries. However, the artists of Thang Long Water Puppet Theater want to renew the old puppet shows with the effect of light, music, and combination between people and puppets.
It sounds risky, but the theater has been successful since the beginning of and received favors and praise from audiences. To enjoy some typical water puppet performances, you can take a look at the video below.
Certainly, it will be much great if tourists can directly watch these shows in Thang Long Water Puppets Theater after enjoying a cup of coffee in the coffee lounge which is right in front of the theater and giving a nice view to Hoan Kiem Lake.
There are puppet show every day at 15:30 – 17:00 – 18:30 – 20:00 – 21:15 and Sunday at 9:30
The ticket cost is 100.000 VND and can be purchased at doors or by contacting the theatre.