Water Puppet Theaterunique puppet show held on the water!

​​​Last Update: 24th October 2020

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is the most popular one in Hanoi. It has been opened since the 11th Century. The water puppet show is the most distinctive traditional folk stage play in Vietnam, and is also the unique puppet show of its kind in the world.

Water Puppet Theater Fast Facts

  • Name: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater (Nhà Hát Múa Rối Nước Thăng Long)
  • Location: 57B Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
  • Things to do th​ere: Puppetry, Show
  • Who visits: Travelers, Families with Children
  • Time required: 1 x Hour

What to expect at the Water Puppet Theater

The water surface works as the stage of the water puppet show. Puppet performers standing behind the bamboo curtain in the water and holding the puppets in hand, the puppets float on the water. They operate the puppets through bamboo poles and thin solid lines to make them do a series of actions, such as jumping, rowing and rolling over. Before the show, they always Dressed in the traditional Vietnamese costumes, instrumental players sit on the left of the stage, plays and sings Vietnamese folk traditional songs.

Water Puppet Show has a long history of around 1,000 years. It originates from the Red River Delta. The show tells the local life and history through demonstrating the rural life, historical stories and legends in Vietnam, including the dragon dancing, lion dancing, phoenix dancing, Emperor Li Return the Sword, boat racing, fairy dancing, fishing, rice transplanting, etc. In addition, due to the needs of international exchanges, foreign stories have also been added as the theme of the puppet show, such as “Nightingale”, “Tin Toy”, “Ugly Duckling”, “Mermaid”, and “Snow White”, “Aladdin Lamp”, and other Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairytales.

Best time to visit the Water Puppet Theater

As the puppet is always put on at night, the best time to visit Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is at night.

The best months to visit are from April to October.

How to get to the Water Puppet Theater

​The theater is located near Hoan Kiem Lake. You could take a bus to the lake first and then walk to the theater. Thus, there are a few options.

  • Rent a vehicle to the theater. This is the quickest and most direct option.
  • Take Bus 9, 31, and Bus 36 to the Stop of Ngã 3 Lê Thái Tổ – Hàng Trống. Then, walk to the theater.
  • Take Bus 14 to the Stop of BĐX Bờ Hồ. Then, walk to the theater.
  • Take Bus 8 to the Stop of Bưu điện Thành phố Hà Nội – Đinh Tiên Hoàng. Then, walk to the theater.​

Additional Water Puppet Theater Travel Advice

  • Opening hours: 08:30 – 20:30 (Monday – Sunday)
  • As at 24th October 2020, there are 3 different types of seating at the theater. The pricing of the different types of seating is as follows: 200,000 VND per person–150,000 VND per person– 100,000 VND per person. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (info@wendyweitours.com)
  • The opening hours for show are at 15:00, 16:10, 17:20, 18:30 and 20:00.
  • Please don’t wear shorts, skirts and slippers in the theater.
  • Please keep quiet in the theater.
  • Please enter the theater at least 30 minutes prior to the opening time of the show.

Interested in visiting the Water Puppet Theater on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including the Water Puppet Theater, among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.