This is a world famous attraction in Hanoi - Water puppets at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. The shows last about an hour with approx 15 short stories
Water puppetry is unique to northern Vietnam and centred around Hanoi. It has been developed over several centuries and started of as temporary shows in villages. the puppets do not have any strings attached, but are instead operated by poles under water, hence the name.
After an introduction of Vietnamese music, the show started. It is actually a series of scenes from Vietnamese everyday life, depicted by beautifully carved and painted puppets. They are held on long sticks by people standing in the water behind a bamboo screen.
A night out at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
At the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre you'll see a traditional art form which is unique to Hanoi and northern Vietnam. The water puppet troupe has travelle world wide showing off this unique mastery of puppets. The puppet show dipicts traditional Vietnamese life and showcases their traditional music as well.
The thanglong water puppet thether. Traditional vietnamese music & water puppet show in the evening, price 20,000-40,000 dong.
The Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is a cultural experience not to be missed. They have singers and people playing instruments on the side of the stage and puppets rise out of the water stage.
This is the famous water puppet show in Hanoi where puppets with aesthetic vietnamese designs are used to narrate a story of the livelihoods of farmers through songs sung in Vietnamese.
Well.... if you have not seen it anywhere in the world before; puppets played on water.. then go for it.. else.... you can give it a missed and go for a walk at the Old Quarters...
The traditional folk songs are great and reading the itinerary will give you a good overview of the performance. Do get the "first-class" seats and first few rows to have a good view.
My ex-bf insisted that i should watch them. Im not much interested with folk arts but after watching their show for an hour i thought that my Hanoi trip would be incomplete without them.
While you are in Hanoi you should try and make it to a water puppetry show. Water pupperty is from Hanoi and is a unique show of Vietnamese culture, I reccomend going if you have the chance!