Vietnam Travel Guide on Water Puppet theaters1858
Vietnamese Water Puppet art appeared in Vietnam between the period of the late XI century and the early XII century under Ly dynasty. In Vietnam trip, you will easily have chance to contemplate Puppet performances in theaters. The performance is based on folk performances. The Vietnamese water puppet shows are usually taken place on Tet and other traditional festivals. However, nowadays, you can also enjoy unique and interesting daily water puppet shows.
Through the performances of traditional water puppetry art, scenes of normal lifes activities, Vietnam farmers spiritual practices and physical transmission are shown in a clear way. Tourists can watch this kind of performances at almost Water Puppet theaters in Vietnam. For example, when traveling to Hanoi you can drop by Thang Long Water Puppet Theater on Dinh Tien Hoang Street, the Central Puppetry Theater on Truong Chinh Street. While visiting Ho Chi Minh City, you can come across Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater or History Museum.
Located at 57b Dinh Tien Hoang Street near Hoan Kiem Lake, the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is a familiar address for both domestic and foreign tourists who want to enjoy the water puppet performances and discover the beauty of unique Vietnam traditional art. The contents of traditional water puppet performances express the daily lives of Vietnamese farmers such as farming, cattle raising, fishing, or fun activities like swimming, dancing, or even about personal hero history like Le Loi. With rustic style, these performances attract many viewers annually. However, if you travel to Vietnam and watch this kind of shows more than one time, you will find that the theater artists of Thang Long Water Puppet always do change performances with new lighting effects, music in combination with both humans and puppets. Surely, it is more interesting if you can look directly at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater and then enjoying a cup of coffee at the bar right in front of the theater and sightseeing Hoa Kiem Lake. The schedule of this theater is at 15:30, 17:30, 20:00, and 21:15 from Monday to Friday and at 9:30 on Sundays. It take you $3-5 for each show.
In Ho Chi Minh City, water puppetry has become a unique traditional art form and indispensable spiritual meal for many classes of audiences. After the veil, you can imagine artists standing in water controlling puppets in a flexible way. With hilarious repertoire reflecting life and activities of farmers in Vietnam, water puppet shows have brought many surprises for viewers and admiration. When enjoying performances of puppets, we admire the creativity of the puppet artisans. The art form is increasingly getting the admiration of many tourists.
Without loud drum or trumpet, and huge promotion, tourists still queue to wait for water puppet shows at the Museum of History weekly from Tuesday to Saturday. You will be impressed by the stage performance with modest space. This space has capacity of 200 sq. meters, approximately 110 passengers per turn. Many special attractive performances show Vietnamese cultural identity. If you enjoy water puppet shows during your trips in Vietnam, you will find that it is one of the unique characteristic art forms in the world. Apart from shows in Ho Chi Minh City History Museum, you can visit Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater at 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, or Thao Dien Village to watch this type of performances.
In a word, among traditional arts of Vietnam, you should take time to contemplate this performance to understand more about history of Vietnam and make your Vietnam trip more interesting and unforgettable.