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Thang Long Water puppet theater


57 Đinh Tiên Hoàng street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi has its roots in an art form that dates back to the 11th century. The tradition of water puppet show stems from a time when rice paddy fields were flooded and villagers would make entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water with the puppets performing over the water.

water puppet show

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hanoi with tickets selling out well in advance so it’s worth booking yours as soon as you arrive in town. It is also advisable to pay more to get closer to the action as the theater seats a few hundred people and the puppets are not that big. The theater is modern and usually shows 17 short sketches over a one-hour performance.

water puppet show

Opening Hours: Shows during the day and evening at 14:00, 15.30, 17.00, 18.30 and 20.00
Location: North east of Hoan Kiem Lake at 57b Dinh Tien Hoang Street
Remarks: There is an additional camera or video fee if you wish to photograph or film the show

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