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“Must see Vietnam's traditional culture”

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
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Ranked #19 of 280 things to do in Hanoi
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Traditional legends and historical tales are among the enchanting puppet plays performed at this popular theatre.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Must see Vietnam's traditional culture”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Water puppet has been Vietnamese traditional culture which dates back as far as the 11th century. So it's best to go and watch it. This is a live performing art where puppeteers hide behind a screen and move the wooden puppets using bamboo stick. The puppeteers usually perform in a waist-deep pool. Live music is also played together during these performances.

We manage to catch the 3pm show which lasted for 45 minutes. The entrance ticket cost us USD10 for 2. There are 2 type of tickets. The expensive one which you get to sit near the front and the less expensive which sit at the back. I would recommend to go early and purchase your tickets early because this is a very popular show. Tickets sells out very very fast!! Faster than hot cakes.

Visited April 2013
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Brilliant!”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

We weren't quite sure whether to go to this or not, however we were very pleased that we did.
We caught the 5 o'clock show, it lasts foe one hour & costs a little over £3 each to get in.
It's a proper theatre with a very large water pool as the stage setting, from which the puppets emerge to do various dances & enact stories, from Vietnamese history, on top of the water. There is a live orchestra, playing traditional music on traditional instruments, which is absolutelty lovely & the ladies that sing are wonderful, quite enchanting to watch them play & at the same time haunting to listen to.
We couldn't help but think that if The Beatles had heard the sounds, then they would have been influenced by them, just as they were by the sitar & other ethnic music!
Well worth a visit for those that are sceptcical, as we were!

Visited May 2013
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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Book early”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is understandably popular and right next to Hoan Kiem Lake so advisable to get your tickets early.

Visited April 2013
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San Jose, California
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“Very good”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

I would recommend visitor to see this show as it was very unique and interesting. The content was good and funny. Music was good as well. It would help us to know about Viet Nam's culture, Viet Nam contryside life (agricultural civilization)

Visited March 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Must see!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great eye opener! A must watch when you are in Hanoi. The most expensive ticket only cost 100,000 Dong. :)

Visited May 2013
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