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Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater

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Address: 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St. | Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Phone Number: 84-88272653
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An interesting cultural experience to be sure. You are forced to wonder how they intricately operate the puppets from so far away.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Hamden, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

An interesting cultural experience to be sure. You are forced to wonder how they intricately operate the puppets from so far away.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Traditional show which I am told is only performed here and in Hanoi. Very unusual and entertaining show, although performed in Vietnamese this is not a problem as the acts are easily understood. There are about thirteen acts depicting different stories from Vietnamese folklore, you receive a leaflet on arrival showing the names of each act, so that and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The show lasts about an hour and is completely in Vietnamese. Six musicians/singers/narrators, visible at the side of the stage, performed live; they did not need to be amplified as much as they were. We didn't understand a word, but enjoyed the slapstick routines and technical wizardry. Almost everyone in my group, none of whom know Vietnamese, really liked it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For me visiting the Golden dragon water puppet show added a nice variety to usual must sees in HCMC. Actors/musians seemed to have fun st work. Price/value is great. 50min is enough time to get an impression about it. Location is close to other must sees. Also I am amazed to see how unique theaters can be in different countries:... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The puppeters and musicians are all highly skilled and I really enjoyed the show even though I didn't understand the language. Great fun seeing some Vietnamese culture. Did I hear them say it was first performed in the 11th century? ☺

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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are going to Hanoi you should not miss this show. I doubt that you have seen anything quite like it. It costs very little, Lasts no more than an hour and is really quite surreal. The only reason I have not given it five stars is that people were continually standing up to take videos and photographs, spoiling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a nice experience, and such great artists! Everybody talks about the show in Hanoi. Well, this one was so much better! We could feel that artists were happy to be there, to share this piece of culture with the public! We won't forget this moment!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this our second time we have seen this show here in HCMC and Hanoi both show were amazing to see ,it was truly delight to go watch ,nothing like it in the world .a good view of Vietnamese culture and history

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Ashland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the show just because it was so unusual. It was all in Vietnamese but the vignettes were so simple that it was easy to understand what was going on. It's an ancient art and must have entertained the villagers enormously in the 11th century. This is an excellent show for young children although us grown ups were smiling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With 180 000 vietnam dong you'll get 50 minutes show with live band, amazing puppet actors and good look to the vietnamese history. Location is good, you can walk to theatre easily from district 1 and 3. Highlight of our vietnam trip.

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