Vietnam

Hanoi’s Famous Water Puppet Show

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

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tour highlights

  • Learn about some of the techniques and traditions of water puppetry
  • Enjoy a traditional water puppet performance
  • Get an explanation of the history of water puppetry
  • Admire the incredible skill and dexterity of the puppeteers

tour details

Enjoy the traditional art of water puppetry, a unique art form performed by the farmers in the region to celebrate festivals and harvests. The puppets are made of wood and usually stand sixteen inches high, but can be as tall as three feet. Puppets are attached to a long bamboo pole and dipped in and out of the water by a person behind a rattan curtain. Learning to manipulate the puppets is usually a tradition that is passed on as a family secret. It takes a great deal of skill and because the puppeteer’s hands are underwater it is easy for them to hide their methods. The fascinating part is that the central stage is below the water line, and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water. A rattan curtain hides them, but they can see the stage and the audience through the bamboo slats.

tour description

Enjoy the evening with a performance of the famous water puppet show.

The Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry has roots that date back to the 10th century when it originated in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in the region celebrated festivals and harvests by performing this unique art form.
The puppets are made of wood and usually stand sixteen inches high, but can be as tall as three feet. Puppets are attached to a long bamboo pole and dipped in and out of the water by a person behind a rattan curtain.

Learning to manipulate the puppets is usually a tradition that is passed on as a family secret. It takes a great deal of skill and because the puppeteer's hands are underwater it is easy for them to hide their methods. The fascinating part is that the central stage is below the water line, and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water. A rattan curtain hides them, but they can see the stage and the audience through the bamboo slats.

includes

Transportation in A/C vehicles
Entrance fees
English or French-speaking local tour guide
(other language guides are available on request and surcharges apply)

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      Tour code: HANDHWPS

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