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Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

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Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 84 04 8249494
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Traditional legends and historical tales are among the enchanting puppet...
Traditional legends and historical tales are among the enchanting puppet plays performed at this popular theatre.
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Traditional entertainment visually very good. I think the performance lasted less than one hour so no time to be boring. The puppets even though naive are very colourful. Worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Traditional entertainment visually very good. I think the performance lasted less than one hour so no time to be boring. The puppets even though naive are very colourful. Worth seeing.

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Farnham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We read a review of the Water Puppets and were no sure what to expect. It was an entertaining 45 minutes. The musicians and singers were top rate but the puppeteers were outstanding. They told a story without words and their skill was very evident. Everyone, mainly Europeans in the audience, left with a smile on their faces.

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christchurch
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The water puppets are an ancient art and really rather clever, so I would like to give this a much better review, but really we were disappointed in this show. The puppets looked tatty and in need of maintenance, the audience was very small. Not very exciting. We went as part of a tour, so don't know how much it... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

It is probably worthwhile going from the point of view of having the experience of seeing a traditional entertainment.However if you have seen a water puppet show once, you probably wouldn't want to go again as the entertainment value is quite limited.

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

developed by farmers in the rice fields this is a very primitive and naive form of puppet theatre. colorful and visually nice.

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

From photos I've seen, I thought the puppets looked like the sort that would give you nightmare (like they came out of Chinese horror movies) and was apprehensive. Since the hotel took the trouble to go buy the tickets and given to us for free, we thought why not. It was absolutely fascinating and unlike anything I've seen before. The... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Even i am a Vietnamese, there was sometime i have been seen a play like 4 times, everytime there are some friends visit me in Hanoi, i always willing to join them for the Water Puppet show no matter what.... always bring a good feelings of childhood time and memories. And its cheap for a show like that with live... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The music was terrible the people playing wanted to be somewhere else and so did I don't waste your time and money ,if it was not so loud at lest you could sleep.

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Hai Phong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This Water Puppet Show is one attraction not to be missed in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. The production and the story line was an experience not to be missed by young and old - one show certainly that can be enjoyed irrespective of one's age. With four shows daily, you can pick a show time to suit and not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

You will probably not see a theater like this in other places. This is a traditional type of art developed in the country, usually performed after harvest. The puppets are manipulated by performers hidden by a curtain. Puppets and puppeteers are standing in water. Very interesting.

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