Water Puppet Show in Hanoi, Vietnam

by Samuel on May 22, 2013

On our very last day of travel in Vietnam we decided to watch a Water Puppet Show (known locally as Múa rối nước) at Thang Long Theatre in Hanoi, Vietnam. Water puppetry literally refers to puppets that dance on water which is a traditional Vietnamese art that dates back to the eleventh century in northern sections of Vietnam. Puppeteers are concealed behind a screen in waist deep water wielding puppets that are controlled via large rods and strings. The performances are centered chiefly around Vietnamese Folklore with emphasis on traditional ways of life, spirituality, and day to day existence that was passed on from one generation to another. The puppets are accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra that provides background music including the use of bells, cymbals, gongs and flutes. The Thang Long Theater in Hanoi provides several daily shows in the evening. We purchased tickets for 100,000 Vietnamese Dong (roughly $5 USD) and we would recommend the show to anyone as a way to experience traditional Vietnamese culture.

Water Puppet Show in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Jennifer June 7, 2013 at 6:59 am

I went to a water puppet show when I was in Vietnam 5 years ago – I thought it was great, very cultural!


Audrey June 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Fun, glad you enjoyed it! This was my first time seeing a water puppet show so I didn’t really know what to expect from the performance.


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