The Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi – The best of Hanoi attractions

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Greg Willis from Denver, CO, usa, Hanoi Water Puppets – Harvest Festival (3695188604)CC BY-SA 2.0


The art of water puppets acting in theatre has been in existence since the 11th century and gains popularity worldwide as the years go on.

The Water Puppet Theatre first began when the paddy fields were once flooded due to heavy rains and the people of the village cheer themselves up by standing in the waist deep water with puppets that were held above the water.

The puppeteers behind the screen move the puppets flawlessly around the water, using huge rods to make the puppets seem like they were walking on the water itself.

This form of theatre is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hanoi and it is definitely worth stepping out for. If you are staying at a place like Somerset Grand Hanoi,the theatre is minutes away and your hotel desk will be glad to tell you the times of the shows too.

The performances usually last for an hour and include 17 short sketches. The crowd can be massive and advanced booking of tickets will ensure an overall pleasing experience where you wouldn’t have to go back to your Hanoi serviced apartments in disappointment. Apart from the usual entry fees, you will be charged extra if you have any recording devices like a DSLR.


Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

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