The Truly Bizarre Hanoi Water Puppet Show
The Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, on Dinh Tien Hoang Street, near Hoan Kiem Lake, is a well-known destination for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists looking to see water puppet performances and learn more about this distinctive Vietnamese traditional art form.
History And Location
Water puppet presentations at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, which is located at 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang street, just a few blocks from Hoan Kiem Lake, are a popular tourist attraction for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
Thang Long theatre artists have been doing water puppet plays since 1990, when the theatre was first created in 1969.
There are around 150,000 people who attend at least 500 shows every year. There are more than 40 nations where the theater’s water puppetry art has been presented as part of a performance tour or an exchange programme for cultures abroad or as part of puppetry festivals around the world.
Water Puppet Show
Long before the advent of modern technology, audiences have been drawn to traditional water puppet shows that depict daily life in rural Vietnam (farming, caring for buffalo, fishing, etc.), social gatherings (dancing dragons, etc.), and historical legends (Le Loi returning the precious sword, etc.).
However, the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater’s artists are hoping to bring fresh life to the traditional puppet shows by using light, music, and the human-puppet interaction.
However, the theatre has been a success from its inception and has been praised and favoured by its audience members.
Yes, it would be wonderful for tourists to be able to see these acts at the Thang Long Water Puppets Theater right after having a coffee in the coffee lounge that overlooks Hoan Kiem Lake directly in front of the theatre.
There are currently shows every day at 15:30 – 17:00 – 18:30 – 20:00 – 21:15 and Sundays at 9:30
Ticket costs between 60.000 – 100.000 VND ($3-5) and can be purchased at doors or by contacting the theatre