Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Last update at 09/16/2011 04:04. By Hanoi Local Guide.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
By Hanoi Local Guide


Water Puppetry is a thousand year old Vietnamese tradition which was begun in the Red River Delta, possibly by rice farmers. The show began with a musical prelude by the orchestra, which sits to one side of the water stage. The puppet show itself told Vietnamese legends, the one I recognised was the Legend of the Returned Sword. It also depicted every day life, such as 'Rearing Ducks and Catching Foxes', 'Children Playing in Water', and 'Harvest Festival'. Dances performed by the puppets included the 'Dragon Dance', 'Lion dance', 'Phoenix Dance' and 'Fairy Dance'. Some of these were accompanied by fire works.
We really enjoyed the performance and would have gone again if we could have got better seats than the ones we had first time around...they weren't bad for grown-ups...but our 3 year old had to sit on our lap to see clearly. All the better seats were sold out though for the rest of our stay...so do book early if you're a short person!
Tickets cost us 60,000 dong plus 15,000 for a camera pass. All in all a very cheap and enjoyable night out.

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