Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

This famous Hanoi theater keeps the Vietnamese art of water puppetry alive with regular performances.

The Art of Water Puppetry

Water Puppetry is a distinctly Vietnamese art form. Historically performances took place in flooded rice paddies. Villagers constructed large puppets and waded into the water. When they performed, it looked as though the puppets were gliding across the fields on their own. Hanoi’s Thang Long Theater moves this tradition from the rice paddies to the stage.

Vietnamese Folktales Reenacted

Many of the shows at Thang Long tell tales from Vietnam’s history and folklore. One of the pieces, “Legend of the Co Loa Citadel,” recounts Thuc Phan An Duong Vuong’s succession to the throne in 257 B.C. Another, “Legend of Fairy and Dragon,” recounts the love story between these two mythical creatures, whose union supposedly gave birth to many of Vietnam’s ethnic groups.

The Thang Long Theater hosts performances every day of the week. Tickets are 100,000 dong for adults and 60,000 dong for children. Visitors can find more information on their website.