Vietnam Travel Guide on Water Puppet Show1347
Once setting foot on Hanoi Capital in your Vietnam vacation, water puppet and is the thing you cannot forget. It is one kind of traditional game, and furthermore, a unique culture of Vietnam, recognized by UNESCO.
Originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam, water puppet is a traditional entertainment style that dates back as far in the11th century. Todays Vietnamese water puppet is a unique culture of Vietnam in particular and ancient Asian puppet tradition in general. According to ancient Vietnamese people, the rural Vietnamese believed that spirits controlled all aspects of their lives, from the kitchen to the rice paddies. So they consider water puppetry as a way to satisfy these spirits. But furthermore, it is a form of entertainment for them themselves and an enjoyable kind of traditional culture in Vietnam tourism.
The puppets are made of wood. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large number of people, who are called puppeteers, support the puppet under the water. They are normally hidden behind a screen, to control the water puppet. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water, dissolving in the background of traditional singing. Compared with conventional puppets, water puppet has some distinct features, for example playing on the surface of a pond or lake and the special stage designedto symbolize the communal house roofs in Vietnamese rural areas.
The contents of water puppet show are quite diversified but the main theme of the performance is about simple life in rural area which has a strong relation to Vietnamese folklore. The stories about lives in rural Vietnam are simple but deep, together with Vietnamese folk tales that are told by grandparents to their grandchildren day by day. Stories of the harvest, of fishing and of festivals are highlighted, having some humorous twists.Legends and national history are also told through short poem.
Puppet shows are always recommended in tours to Hanoi. There are three foremost companies namely, the National Puppet Theatre, the municipal Thang Long Puppet Company of Hanoi and the Ho Chi Minh City Puppet Company, which all attain increased national and international attention. Water puppet shows are performed at many places. However, the main venues in Vietnam are the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi and the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre in Saigon.
Hence, in your Vietnam Holidays, besides visiting Hanoi's 36 streets, just stop at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre to discover this unique culture of Vietnam.