The art of water puppetry

Last update at 09/16/2011 04:04. By Hanoi Local Guide.
The art of water puppetry

The art of water puppetry
By Hanoi Local Guide


The art of water puppetry is unique to the areas surrounding the Red River (Song Hong) and not to be missed when you are in Hanoi. It used to be pratised by rice farmers in flooded paddy fields for centuries, and is handed down from generation to generation. Basically, this involves wooden puppets manipulated by bamboo wooden sticks hidden beneath the water which depict stories of Vietnamese folk tales and daily life.

This exciting performance also comes with special effects such as smoke and mini-fireworks, plus traditional music played by old folks. The most famous water puppet show in Hanoi is located at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre located at the north-east end of Ho Hoan Kiem (Lake of Restored Sword) and the daily showtimes are 5.15 pm, 6.30 pm and 8 pm. The counter closes at 6.45 pm to 7.30 pm. First class seat cost 40,000 VND (about US$2.5) and second class seat cost 20,000 VND (because the seats are so cheap, they can be fully booked fairly quickly so you need to buy them in advance).

I wanted to come here to watch the water puppet show, but in the end do not need because the Vietnamese host of my meeting brought the delegates to the Museum of Ethnology and watch the water puppet show from there instead. More photos of the water puppet show are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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