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Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre

87 Ma May St | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 122 326 6897
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Ranked #10 of 94 attractions in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Owner description: Local music in a historical setting at ancient houseCa Tru Thang Long Guild is a voluntary, non-profit group of ca tru musicians founded in 2006.... more » Owner description: Local music in a historical setting at ancient houseCa Tru Thang Long Guild is a voluntary, non-profit group of ca tru musicians founded in 2006. "This is a very small concert for about 40 persons held in an ancient house in the old quarter of Hanoi. It is a World Heritage Intangible experience that is striving to keep this ancient musical performance from dying. It is about an hour show. They are quite 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"-visited wrote"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 « less
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Calangute, India
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135 reviews 135 reviews
87 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Very entertaining gives you an insight of their ancestral times and the entertainment of the village folks in the earlier times. Well acted , good music a must visit as this puppetry is unique to Vietnam. Don"t miss the show inspite of the theater not being refurbished.

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Tokyo, Japan
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is for people who are curious and interested in the culture of Vietnam, or traditional music but don't know much about it. It might not be for people who don't usually enjoy those things, nor for people who are specialised. Personally I found it very educational. The music was good (apart from the drumming man which was quickly gotten... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I wanted to take my 2 teenage children to a cultural experience - which it certainly was. It was advertised as being 1hr in duration, it went for 1hr 20mins - probably 40mins would have been enough. The first 40mins we enjoyed - nice to hear the cultural music, there was a break and we got to have a go... More

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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is boring, a tourist trap. If you absolutely love puppets, then maybe you will enjoy it. But everyone else in the theater with us were dozing off. We couldn't understand a thing because the songs were in Vietnamese.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Is a good attraction but have to be very careful on the ticket. Different seat / view will apply different ticket price, suggest to ask hotel on the details. Camera and Video recording is allow

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Mittagong, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We saw two puppet shows and have to say that this place was the best by far and at such goo value as well. The stories of old folk tales from Vietnam were fascinating. Tip it may be useful to read up on some of these tales before the show as you will get more out of it (the whole... More

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Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Besides my son blocking his ears when the women sang and getting restless after 15 mins it was entertaining as far as puppet shows go, especially as it was in water.

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Singapore
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

this show is something new to us. for the first 20mins, it can be very entertaining because it is foreign. however, the next 25mins, it is more or less the same repeated puppets with different singing and moves. we dozed off somewhere there... but the little one was entertained throughout!

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The puppeteers were very skilful and the musicians played their music very well. However, I couldn't understand Vietnamese so it was difficult for me to figure out the meaning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

a very interesting night, I almost spent 2 hour just stay still and listen to the rythms and the voices, it really attracive.

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