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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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Description: "Visiting Vietnam without listening to a rhythm of ca tru traditional...
"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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Ancient art revived, survives amid the Old Quarter hubbub

Stop by midweek, or midday, to get your tickets and arrive a bit early to sit right up front. Then, be prepared to be wowed as classically-trained vocalists and musicians... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Stop by midweek, or midday, to get your tickets and arrive a bit early to sit right up front. Then, be prepared to be wowed as classically-trained vocalists and musicians resurrect Ca Tru, an ancient genre of chamber music that will bend your ears backwards and build your appreciation for Asian art and culture. The sounds are unique, at times... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

We attended a private performance of Ca Tru since my husband and I were the only people in the audience on a stormy evening in Hanoi. The temple where they perform is very close to a weekend market, and to famous beer corner popular among tourists and locals alike. These young ladies performed beautifully,and acted professionally despite having only 2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Thang Long Ca Tru Guild performs beautiful traditional music that is unique to Viet Nam, and attending one of their shows is an unforgettable experience for anyone who enjoys the culture of this amazing country :)) The Ca Tru style of music is based on a small and simple ensemble of a few performers, with a drum, resonating wood... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Everyone should go to see the beautiful and amazing work done here. This is a real gem, absolutly genuine, real tradition trying to be keeped. And one can have the luck to be there. I was reading about this kind of singings, which were really declared just 6 years ago Intangible Cultural Heritage. I was expecting anything, cause it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This was a wonderful way to spend an hour and take in an authentic performance, support their traditional art form, enjoy the temple in which they perform... And all for only 10 USD. Located very near the "beer corner" so you walk through a lot of chaos to get there, but a wonderful experience all the way around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The Ca Tru singing is not easy to explain. For the music lover of contemporary music, one can most easily compare it with John Cage's famous song "The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs", but if Cage had heard Ca Tru, he would have been totally enthralled. For the average music lover, Ca Tru can probably best be explained by its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Please take time out to go here. These wonderful people are so dedicated to preserving a traditional type of singing and music that all but died out in Vietnam after a few years ago. Due to an initiative from the Vietnamese government to preserve and teach ancient culture they have funded this guild in order to raise awareness of Ca... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Ca tru is traditional Vietnamese music. It was first recognized in the beginning of the 15th century. After a great number of historical changes, sometimes it appeared to be unable to survive. However, to date ca tru has confirmed its important position not only in Vietnamese culture but in that of humanity worldwide as well. Ca Tru singing has distinctive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

I could not understand all words but I love the music and the way they give them to me. It's just a small house (Temple) with over 10 guests, I also had chance to eat green cake and drink a cup of green tea, very nice taste. I highly recommend this show!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Frankly, if this was a TV show, I would have changed channels after a minute or two. But I had paid ten bucks, plus they gave me some tea and a sweetie, so I settled in. The sound grows on you after a while, and by the end, I would have liked to listen to another song or two. Give... More 

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Address: Address: 28 Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 84(0)1 223 266 897
Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi

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