Water puppetry or “Múa rối nước” in Vietnamese means making puppets dance on water. It is a cultural tradition originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today’s Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is located at 57B Dinh Tien Hoang street, nearby ancient Hoan Kiem lake, in the centre of Hanoi Capital. From the Theatre, spending several minutes of walking, visitors may do sightseeing and discover many famous landscapes and cultural historical relics in Hanoi Capital. The theatre is the ideal cultural place for visitors to enjoy the unique water puppet program which is the extremely attractive spiritual speciality.
The puppets which are made out of wood and lacquered, are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large bamboo rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally hidden behind a screen, to control them. Thus visitors can see only the puppets moving over the water. During an hour, you will be seen and told stories of ancient times which are accompanied the traditional Vietnamese orchestra. Stories relate to the rural skits or one has a strong reference to Vietnamese folklore.
Similar to the AO show in Saigon, it’s very interesting for tourists who love to discover the local culture, but the cons thing is that it has no English subtitles, only Vietnamese, it’s difficult for foreign tourists.
If you would like to enjoy this type of show, you should get seats in the first to third row.
It can say that the appearance of plays with various forms and types has contributed to respect Vietnamese water puppetry, deserving to be Vietnamese cultural quintessence. Water Puppet contributes significant part to the advertisement and speed up the cultural and art exchange and cooperation in the world.
While visiting and strolling around Hanoi Capital, don’t miss it!
Enjoy your trip!
(Source: Internet, Tripadvisor, Wikipedia)