A must – see in Vietnam tours: Water puppet


Water puppetry is a form of folk arts originating in the Red River Delta in the north of Vietnam, dating back in the 11th century. Not watching a performance of water puppetry means not visiting Vietnam yet.

What water puppet was?

In almost guide books in Vietnam, people believe water puppet is one of the most colorful traditional art form. Water puppet is a typical form of Vietnamese art, which has existed for more than 1000 years.

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This kind of Vietnamese art form has presented many years

According to history, in these years many town and villages in Vietnam have communal ponds that are perfect stages for these impromptu performances, enhancing the widespread development of the art form. Water puppetry created a relaxing space for rural citizens in the past. The original water puppet festivals were literally held inside a rice paddy, with a pagoda built on top to hide the puppeteers who stand in the waist-deep water. The water acts as the stage for the puppets, and as a symbolic link to the rice harvest. It also hides the puppet strings and puppeteer movements, improves the musical and vocal acoustics, and provides a shimmering lighting effect. People considered watching and playing water puppetry was a good way for the local to entertain, escaping from their daily worries and hardworking life. Do you believe that water puppet in Vietnam tours reviews will lead you from daily worries too?

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 Water puppet was the way to relaxing

How water puppet is?

Presently, water puppetry is showed in a pool of water with the water surface being the stage. Visitors in Vietnam tours often wonder about those puppets.

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Puppets always make tourists be curious

Puppets are made of wood and then lacquered to be watertight and endurable. During performances, puppets are controlled via a pole-and string apparatus hidden under the water surface by puppeteers standing in waist-deep water behind the stage.

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 Puppeteers stand behind the success of performance

While puppets play their roles according to the direction of puppeteers, singers of Cheo (a kind of traditional theater in Vietnam) sing songs to tell the story in words.

The theme of the play concentrates on the daily life of rural people and folklores that are imparted from generation to generation, not mention to stories of legends and national history.

Where to see water puppet?

Where tourists can watch a real water puppet show in Vietnam is some big theatres namely Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre in Saigon, The Vietnam Puppetry Theatre.

Vietnam tours guides believe: not watching a performance of water puppetry means not visiting Vietnam yet. Do you?

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