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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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Despite the language barrier, I enjoyed the whole show. A culture is a way of life of people--the behaviors, beliefs, and values, and are definitely symbolic. You dont need people... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Vientiane, Laos
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I think everyone should go to this so that they can they say they've done it. You get a program list which was the performances in english but then that's it. It is magnificent but then at times you will ask yourself "what am i watching?" Its great for all ages and is run to schedule. Not that long and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The performance is great, although no subtitle is provided. Perhaps will be better if subtitle can be provided in the roof of the house (performance stage)

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Despite the language barrier, I enjoyed the whole show. A culture is a way of life of people--the behaviors, beliefs, and values, and are definitely symbolic. You dont need people speaking same language.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Good fun activity suitable for all ages. really enjoyed seeing something typical, though worth managing your expectations that the puppetry is good but limited by traditional methods - so don't expect too much!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed the show. The traditional music and singing was nice to hear, and the puppets were very amusing. It was around 45 minutes long and it only cost approx 4 USD for seats at the front, so it really is worth a look. I know several reviewers have said they were dissapointed, but bear in mind that it is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Most reviews have said this is a "must see", however, we left feeling underwhelmed at the now dated looking puppets (several had arms broken or missing altogether). Some scenes, such as the fire/water dragons were entertaining, but others lacked much in the way of excitement. Many around us were clock watching at the end. The price is reasonable for an... More 

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National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a must to do in Hanoi, It provides a great insight into Vietnamese culture. Although the show is fantastic, so are the Vietnamese band and singers, which for me was the highlight of the show. Although the show is in Vietnamese it is easy to follow for adults, not to sure for children it would be that easy.It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I love it, it show us how does they work on the fields and their greatest fear: the kitty cat haha With love music you can really feel and understand a lot about their culture

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Tam Ky, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We took in the Water Puppet Theater since we were curious and had never heard of it. We had never seen anything like it before and probably never will again. It was quite enjoyable. It was fun to see the technical proficiency of working the puppets with rods underwater, and the musical accompaniment added Vietnamese mood and color. The singing... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We were told we couldn't miss a puppet show in Hanoi... And the truth is we probably should have missed it! It was ok. It killed an hour for £3 so it was cheap enough. Hot inside and seats were fairly cramped. Show was in Vietnamese (obviously lol) throughout so 99% of the audience couldn't follow and most talked the... More 

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