Are you planning a trip to Hanoi but you are still unsure what to do? In Hanoi, one of the best things to discover Vietnam culture is watching WATER PUPPET SHOW. Taking a visit on a water puppet show should be on top list of amazing Hanoi attractions. Enjoying relaxing shows as well as discovering a Vietnam’s traditional art form will be good experiences on your trip to Hanoi. So, keep reading if you want to know in advance what to expect in Water Puppet Show and where you can find it.

What is water puppetry  “Making puppets dance on the water”

Water puppetry is the Vietnamese traditional art form from the waterfield culture. From a kind of folk art, water puppet has become a traditional art, as Vietnamese people’s special creativity.

Water puppet art has some different features from other types of puppetry. In particular, it considers water surface as the stage with orchestra music in the background. Puppets are made of wood and then lacquered to be watertight and endurable. During performances, the puppets move over this ” stage” through controlling of artists from the back by long bamboo rods and string mechanism. The puppeteers stand in waist-deep water behind the stage.The audience will not see the artists who are controlling the performances. Also, to have such a perfect shows, the artists requires good coordinated movement through practicing for a long time. While puppets play their roles according to the direction of puppeteers, singers of Cheo () sing songs to tell the story in words.

What to Expect in Water Puppetry Shows

Water puppetry often shows scene of daily life, or cultural beliefs of Vietnamese people. For example, water puppet shows in Hanoi react village activities in Hanoi such as swinging, buffalo fight, kite flying.

A famous character appearing on most of water puppet shows in Hanoi is Chú Tễu. He is an intelligent and humorous person, who stands for farmers on the land of Northern Vietnam. Chú Tễu (literally uncle comedianbuffoonjoker) is a typical puppet in Vietnamese water puppetry. He is bigger than other puppets. This character usually introduces the performance and makes humorous actions for the audience.

Watching the show, you are in the folk legends and popular historical stories which are also vividly performed by colorful wood puppets on the water surface. Nowadays, there are also some new kinds of story. They may meet your interest.

Ballet Water Puppet Show

Where can you see a water puppet show in Hanoi

1. Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Address: 57b Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

Performance schedule: there are 5 available daily shows at 3pm, 4.10pm, 5.20pm, 6.30pm, 8pm.

Each performance lasts 45 minutes.

Price : Adult: 100.000VND

Children (below 1,2 meter in height): 60.000VND

2. The Vietnam National Puppetry Theater

Address: 361 Truong Chinh, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi.

Price: 80.000VND

Performance schedule: 5pm and 6.30pm everyday.

  • Book tickets through hotline: 024 3853 4545 or 024 3853 1333.
  • Fax: 024 3853 8674.
  • Email: nhahattrunguong@gmail.com
  • Nhahatmuaroivn@gmail.com
  • For more information on the website: http://nhahatmuaroivietnam.vn/en[2]

3. Vietculture Space – Lotus Water Puppet

Address: 16 Le Thai To, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Performance schedule: on everyday at 3.30 pm, 5pm, 6.30 pm and 8pm. Each performance lasts 50 minutes.

Telephone number: 04 3938 1173

Booking tickets on:

Water puppet in Hanoi has still been everlasting and developed for the time as an Vietnamese unique spiritual product. It gets become the favourite entertainment activities in Hanoi not only for local people but also many foreign tourists.

A typical Water Puppet Show. It’s more interesting if you watch it in the theater.

Join a Hanoi Tour to Watch Water Puppet Show along with other Activities

There is an awesome option for you. Take an experience tour in Hanoi in which you can watch the water puppet show as well as explore many other things. We recommend you HANOI BY NIGHT TOUR ON MOTORBIKE WITH LOCAL FEMALE RIDERS[3]. You are not only taken to the theater to enjoy the show, but also to the Local Market and the Old Quarter. Besides, tasty cuisine is included in this tour. Explore Hanoi night life on the motorbike is an fascinating experience!

Let’s have a visit water puppet shows in Hanoi, which only exists in Vietnam. Returning to the ancient values, discovering one of the Vietnamese traditional art kinds makes your trip to Hanoi more meaningful. If you are still confused about what to do in Hanoi, you can also travel Hanoi with our lady bikers on Hanoi tours.  Have a good trip to our beautiful Vietnam.[4]



  1. ^ http://thanglongwaterpuppet.org/en/ (thanglongwaterpuppet.org)
  2. ^ http://nhahatmuaroivietnam.vn/en (nhahatmuaroivietnam.vn)
  4. ^ what to do in Hanoi (ilovevietnamtour.com)
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