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Thang Long Ca Tru Guild

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Address: 28 Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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"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 Thursday and Saturday night at 8pm at 28 Hang Buom (Quan De Temple).

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definitely a highlight of the night out

While walking through Hanoi's old town in December, I stumbled upon this quaint temple and was invited to the show. I did not regret my spontaneous decision to join the small... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 22, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

While walking through Hanoi's old town in December, I stumbled upon this quaint temple and was invited to the show. I did not regret my spontaneous decision to join the small audience of 8 people (later we were joined by another 6 or so), and listen to the ancient instruments and songs. The effort to revive and maintain the traditions... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Tucked away in the grounds of an old temple on the streets of the old quarter, the government and a group of artists are trying to revive the art of Ca Tru. Its a beautiful blend of female vocals and traditional instruments that is captivating and entirely blissful. Its performed in Vietnamese so you might not get the full story,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

Saw this with my wife last night. The music was beautiful and it was an enjoyable evening in the open air pagoda. We bought our tickets at the door the same night with no problem. It would have added to the performance if they had explained what each song was about before they sang it. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

it is good that the government is still maintaining this traditional art. it is good to see this performance on water. you might not understand the story. book in advance as the tickets run out fast. it is near the hoan kien lake.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

I'm always pleased to see a concerted effort to preserve traditional art forms. This one almost disappeared and according to the hosts, only through the efforts of the Vietnamese government and two elderly masters has it been revived. The music comes from rural areas of northern Vietnam. It is very far from the Western tradition, so do not expect a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Did try this show by following of TA suggestion. It was my first experience of Ca Tru. It was really soothing. Showing people, for some time, allowed the audience to try the music instruments. Although not for everyone, it's suitable to the folk music lovers!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Beautiful singers in traditional custom with lovely voices were trying to protect and bring into play the nation's tradition. I loved them and admired them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

We loved our experience at this concert. They explained the tradition, performed hauntingly beautiful songs, and even allowed you to try playing these ancient traditional instruments. Great arts to support while you're in town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

Really disappointed that only 4 people attended this outstanding performance. Class act! This group is inspirational, with only 15 members they are doing a fantsatic job at keeping this beautiful and rare musical knowledge alive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016

I'm not a traditional music buff but our visit to the Ca Tru performance was definitely a highlight of our holiday. Just seeing the interior of the obviously ancient building was worth well more than the entrance fee. I know nothing about traditional Vietnamese music but the performance of this particular traditional Vietnamese music and song was enchanting. Simply beautiful.... More 

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