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Thang Long Ca Tru Guild

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Address: 28 Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 84(0)1 223 266 897
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"Visiting Vietnam without listening to a rhythm of ca tru...

"Visiting Vietnam without listening to a rhythm of ca tru traditional music means that you've not discovered the real spirit of Vietnam yet."

"Free yourself and get immersed in ca tru while enjoying performance by Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre. It is a voluntary, non-profit group of ca tru musicians founded in 2006. Long-time history, unique instruments, impressive music tones and meaningful song lyrics made ca tru recognized by UNESCO as the World Intangible Cutural Heritage."

"This is a concert for about 70 persons held in an old temple in the old quarter of Hanoi. They are good about explaining the instruments and the history of the music. They even let you come try out the instruments. The hot tea and little cake is a nice touch at intermission"

"The singers had such dear, expressive faces and sang with such intensity. The instruments were unique and had a real otherworldly quality to them and the presentation and overall performance were of a very high quality. I felt delighted, entertained and educated. Well worth going to see."-Visited wrote

The show is on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 6pm and 8pm, Friday and Sunday night at 8pm at 28 Hang Buom (Quan De Temple).

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Absolutely beautiful. Must see!

This is one of those opportunities that you can enjoy a world class performance for ridiculously cheap price. These artists who are protecting and re-developing this unique and... read more

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of those opportunities that you can enjoy a world class performance for ridiculously cheap price. These artists who are protecting and re-developing this unique and beautiful form of Vietnamese traditional art performee with pride and skill. Improvisasion and interplay between string instrument and vocal almost seems like those oj jazz. The harmony of deep string sound and... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Please visit this concert when you are in Hanoi. Help keep the art alive. Only 12 bucks to witness something timeless and ancient.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We were walking along Pho Ma May in Hanoi's Old Quarter the other night and were given a brochure about a ca tru musical performance. Knowing nothing about ca tru we decided nonetheless to spend $US10 each and attend. And what a lovely experience it was. An hour of fascinating music, audience interaction and wonderful performances by the lovely Ca... More 

1 Thank Brisbane_traveller11
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

1000 years old historical architecture (temple) as a stage, in the midth of busy bustling night street of bars and crowd, here we witnesses the beauty of "Ca Tru" -- traditional Northern Vietnam music performance which even some Vietnamese people don't know much about. This is an oasis of Hanoi, if you also appreciate the dedicated musicians & singers, and... More 

2 Thank teresa l
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

It's a must visit place. Water puppet theatre is nice but too commercial so if you after unique, traditional, cultural experience, there is no better choice in Hanoi.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

When visit Hanoi, beside food tourism, Ca Tru is one of strange thing that you should try. The theater is located inside the pedestrian streets within Old Quarter, easy to find. This kind of ancient music is unique that you can't find in other country, even in southeastern Asia. During the performance, they introduce the instruments and invite you to... More 

2 Thank Thanh Van P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Lovely location despite the braying of the Ruperts and Camillas outside on their gap yahs. But. What makes it is how deadly serious in intent the performers are and how much they mean it, if that makes sense. Unusual evening and a good one.

2 Thank Nicholas O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is one art form of singing ancient Hanoi, combining drums, beats, above. We heard not understand, but the melody was great, so it's not easy to sing, if you have not vocals, soaring, and long-term practice. Known kind is extinct, a few people attend, but it has great cultural value of Vietnam.

2 Thank jordan r
Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

On noisy crowded walking street, the temple looks small as other personal house. But the architect inside looks so subtle and classic that it s very suitable with traditional music performance. You can drink jasmine tea and bean cake and experience playing the musical instrument also.

3 Thank JunMitsu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I was looking for see something with Vietnamese traditional and this is the best show I have seen : Ca Tru is something very interesting with differences than we could imagine . I love to watch it and would like to advice you , don't miss it when you have chance to go to Hanoi old quarter. Wish you enjoy... More 

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