Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is world–famous address where shows quintessences of Vietnamese people and wet–rice civilization through puppet water shows.

 

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Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is a well–known cultural attraction for both of domestic and inbound tourists. The Theatre locates on Dinh Tien Hoang street and nearby many other attractions in Hanoi, such as: Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi Old Quarter, Ly Thai To Flower Garden, Hanoi Opera House, etc. The theatre daily organizes water puppet shows which is unique Vietnam traditional art.  

The Theatre was found on October 1969. After many years of taking shape and developing, it has been becoming the leading brand name of Vietnamese water puppetry. The Theatre has function of preservation, maintenance and development of the traditional water puppetry; confirm–reinforce its brand name; contribute significant part to the advertisement and speed up the cultural and art exchange and cooperation in the world. There are often 5–7 shows every day to satisfy with demands of audiences.

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Water puppet show's content is mentioning about daily life of Vietnamese farmers (cultivating, tending buffalo, catching fishes…), communal entertainment (swimming contest, dragon dancing…), or historical legends (Le Loi returns precious sword…). Performances are accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra playing traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals. There are also authentic Vietnamese operatic songs telling the story that is being acted out by the puppets.  And the main music used in the water puppetry performance is music of Cheo which is the specific traditional art in the Northern plain. 

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